The Halifax-born St George Illawarra stand-off and Wigan scrum-half Matty Smith were the only specialist half-backs
in coach Steve McNamara's 24-man squad for the 2014 Four Nations Series and they started all three matches against Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.
Excited "We're very fortunate that we've got a great instinctive half-back
in Luke coming back into the side and that frees me up to do some things I've not done for the best part of three years.
I am quite comfortable in the half-back
KR finished a disappointing tenth in 2013 and will hope Australian half-back
Kris Keating can fill the boots of departed scrum-half Michael Dobson.
JOHNNY COEN Left half-back
Club: Loughrea Age: 21 Championship Debut 2012 Honours: 1 Leinster Talented underage player who has made a seamless senior transition.
Now that might allow us to shift someone to half-back
and bring the loan player into that different spot, but that is only a very short-term solution.
The way he has been playing in that time, you would have to say that he is the form half-back
in the country.
line of Padraig Walsh, Kieran Joyce and Buckley that started the All-Ireland final replay win over Tipperary has remained in situ since and all three are likely to get the nod for Sunday's clash with Waterford.
His performances with the Tigers were enough to convince the Airlie Birds to splash the cash in a bid to solve their longstanding half-back
problem and help the good times to return to the KC Stadium.
The former Penrith half-back
, who joined Saints on a two-year contract, scored 66 goals and 153 points in his first 15 Super League appearances and was making his return last Friday from a three-match absence with a back injury.
LONDON BRONCOS have failed in a bid to land young half-back
Danny Nicklas from Doncaster.
duo are among seven Scarlets called up to the Wales international set-up for the autumn series alongside Ken Owens, Emyr Phillips, Rhys Priestland, Jon Davies, Scott Williams and Liam Williams.