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Peacock welcomes Hock return
England captain Jamie Peacock has welcomed Gareth Hock back into the international fold, claiming his return will be bad news for the Exiles in Saturday's opening international Origin game.
The 28-year-old Hock is set to make his 10th international appearance at Langtree Park, almost three years exactly since winning his last England cap against France in Paris, after which he tested positive for cocaine.
The Wigan forward is back in favour after serving a two-year ban, and Peacock said: "I think it's great for Gaz. It's a good story. People make mistakes but it's a good example of how people should be given a second chance in life."
He went on: "I don't think anyone would disagree that he is head and shoulders probably the best forward in the competition.
"That's good for England because people don't like playing against him and I know the Exiles won't like playing against him."
England coach Steve McNamara ignored Hock for last year's Four Nations Series but has been delighted with his form for the Stobart Super League leaders this year.
"You never quite know when someone is out for that period how they will come back," he said. "Two years is a long time.
"We all understood how good Gareth was before. He could have gone one of two ways and thankfully he's gone the right way.
"He paid the price for what he did and served his time.
"A great deal of credit needs to go to him for the way he has come back and also for the way his club managed him on and off the field in terms of rehabilitating him, rather than throwing him to the wolves."