Wildcats prop Justin Poore has expressed his surprise at being called up to Brian McClennan’s Exiles squad to take on England.
The Australian has been selected in a 27-man squad to take on the English at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington on Friday June 14th.
If selected to face England it would not be the first time Poore has won representative honours after he featured three times for New South Wales in the 2009 Origin series in Australia.
The 28-year-old has featured in 10 games for the Wildcats since arriving from Parramatta Eels at the start of the season and he says he was shocked to receive the call-up.
“It was a surprise and it’s always nice to get picked in these teams and I’ve been lucky enough to be picked in a couple of teams and it’s good to get picked in one over here.
“I don’t really play for those reasons but where we sit in the table we should be a lot further up than what we are but it always nice to get recognised as a half decent player.
“I’ve been doing my job, you can always play better and always do more but I couldn’t do my job without everybody else doing theirs so I can’t take much credit. If I don’t do my job then other people can’t do theirs so we have to work collectively.
“I’ve never played England before, I got picked in an Aussie squad back in 2008 but I got an injury so I couldn’t play so it will be a buzz and a big occasion.”
Poore could face Ben Cockayne in the International Origin Match with the Wakefield winger in Steve McNamara’s squad and he is looking forward to the prospect while being disappointed not more of his club team mates will be involved.
“It would be pretty funny, I’d stay away from him and hopefully he’d stay away from me so we wouldn’t make each other look bad.
“I thought a couple of the boys were pretty unlucky to miss out like Paulie Aiton and Dean Collis, I think they’ve been outstanding this year. That was a bit of a downer they didn’t get picked but maybe next year.”
Trinity boss Richard Agar also commented:
“I’m pleased for him and at this stage of the year we’ve got a guy in the England squad and a guy in the Exiles squad.
“It’s good for our club and I thought where the Exiles were concerned we had two or three really strong contenders this year.
“One of the reasons he wanted to come to this country was to experience new things.
“Apart from being in a different country, the different week-in, week-out Super League and being able to travel and things like that he’s going to experience some representative football over here with a bit of luck if he makes the team.”
You can listen to the full reaction from Poore and Agar via the Wildcats Sound Cloud account HERE.
Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game, England v Exiles at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, are now on sale from the RFL Ticket Office on 0844 856 1113 and online at rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk. Tickets can also be purchased from the The Halliwell Jones Stadium Ticket Office.
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