posted on 1 March 2013

Wildcats winger Ben Cockayne is aiming to continue his form at Wakefield which he hopes may lead to an England call-up this season.

Ben Cockayne is Super League's joint top try scorer in 2013.

The 29-year-old has had a blistering opening to 2013, scoring six tries and leading the Super League metre maker charts whilst playing a crucial role in the solid start to the Wildcats year.

The winger scored 16 tries in his debut season and is already well on his way to beat that as he prepares to tackle Catalan Dragons tomorrow evening.

Cockayne also has one try assist to his name and he has told Wildcats TV in the weekly pre-match press conference that an international call-up is in his thoughts but concedes it’s an area where the national team have plenty of strength.

“It is something that’s actually on my mind now because I do feel as if I’m performing at the best I’ve ever played at this level and I would like to think I’d be in with a shout,” said the in-form winger. “Whether that comes or not is a different thing because you have Briscoe, Charnley and Ryan Hall so I have a lot to contend with.

“If Steve McNamara wants something a bit different I feel I can offer something different to those guys.

“I felt the back end of last year I was playing good and I think I’ve brought that into this season. I feel good about my game and I’m probably my worst critic at times but that’s the best way if you want to improve and striving to be better.

“My life away from rugby is as good as it cans be in terms of interests away from rugby league so that probably all contributes.”

The feature length TV interview includes Cockayne’s reaction to the hard fought defeat to Huddersfield, his role in the team as well as discussing the bond amongst the Wildcats squad. You can see the full interview HERE where he also discusses how tough it will be to bring the two league points back to West Yorkshire.

“I’m not sure whether I’ve ever won in France with Hull KR or Wakefield so to go out there is going to be a tough challenge. We’re in good form and they came off a game last weekend that they probably felt they should have won so they’ll be up for the challenge and they’ve got big physical French men that like to bash you up.

“It’s going to be interesting and another challenge for our middle blokes and hopefully we can do a job.”

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