Super League half-back Josh Drinkwater is eyeing up a spot at the 2025 World Cup with Germany, hoping to qualify for the tournament alongside brother Scott.
The pair have never played alongside each other, and qualify for Germany through their grandfather.
Scott, 25, currently plays for North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL, having made his debut back in 2018 with Melbourne Storm.
And Josh, 30, has racked up more than 150 career appearances across both the NRL and Super League. He is currently underway with pre-season ahead of 2023 having joined Warrington on a two-year deal.
Germany will battle it out in European Championship B with Czech Republic, Greece, Netherlands, Norway and Ukraine for two places in the final qualifying rounds in 2024.
They will then be joined by Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Serbia, Spain or Wales – with the exact make-up as yet unknown.
Josh Drinkwater: It’s something me and my brother have spoken about
“Me and my younger brother Scott have spoken to the people that run Germany Rugby League,” Josh told Love Rugby League. “If it’s possible, we said we’d play at the end of next year in the World Cup qualifiers and see what we can do there.
“It’s something me and my brother have spoken about and we’re happy to help out at the end of the season if we come through alright.
“It’s pretty exciting. We have never played together before, so we thought it will probably be our only chance to play with each other and to do it for Germany.
“My mum’s dad is full German. He came across to Australia I think when he was 18 during the war. He was a builder, so he got to come across to Sydney and stayed forever.
“There’s a few players over here. If there’s any other German players reading this, get in touch and we’ll build a team and qualify for France in 2025 and see how we’ll go!”