Dobson sad to be mere spectator at World Cup

Departing Hull KR half-back Michael Dobson is sad he will not be participating in the World Cup this year.

The Australian, set to play in the NRL in his homeland next season with Newcastle Knights, does not possess any grand-parental or other qualifications which would allow him to play for any other country apart from Australia.

“No, it would be nice if I did, though,” he told Love Rugby League.

“I’m just Australian, and I can’t see myself getting into that team any time soon.

“I’ll be watching it on TV.”

Dobson himself may well have been eligible for England under the same residency rules which have seen Rangi Chase play for Steve McNamara’s team recently.

The scrum-half would never have been in little doubt about which decision to take, though, had the call to play for England ever come.

“I was never really put in that position, so it’s hard to comment,” he added.

“But I don’t think so. I consider myself Australian and it would be wrong, if it ever happened, for me to pull on an England jersey.

“The call never came, so thankfully I never had to worry about it.”

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