I hope you all enjoyed our win over France!
It has been another great week for me in the England camp. Training has been tough and that’s exactly what we want.
Five of our players made their debut in Avignon and they all killed it to be honest, it was a fantastic result. Romain Navarrete certainly mixed it up in the middle for France against our pack too and he looks like he will be a good asset for us next year at Wigan.
The game was good for some of the lads who haven’t played for a month or so to blow off the cobwebs, it was good to get the win but we’re just focused on the tournament now.
We have been training at a couple of different locations since we first met up a couple of weeks ago. We were based at the state-of-the-art The Honourable Artillary Company in London last week, where the Capital Challenge takes place each year.
Now we are currently at Leeds and will be based in Yorkshire for the rest of the week because we play at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday. I’ve seen on social media that it is a sell-out so I’m really looking forward to it, hopefully I get selected.
I don’t just want to be part of the England squad for my development, I want to be playing and I am pushing myself to the limit in training so Wayne Bennett can see what I have to offer.
We will review New Zealand this week and pick out their strengths and weaknesses to see where we can possibly exploit them. Obviously it is easier said than done but we beat them twice last year so there is no reason why we can’t do it again.
If I am selected then there’s every chance I will come up against Tommy Leuluai on Saturday which is going to be a bit strange as we will be playing alongside each other next season. It’s rugby at the end of the day though and we’ll just get on with it.
I have always classed Tommy as a good role model and I’m sure I will learn a lot from him in the next few years but to be honest you just forget friendships when you are out there playing. We will both just be focused on playing well for our countries and giving it our all.
Hope to see you on Saturday – if not then it would be great to see you at Coventry or at London.
Catch you later, George