St Helens utility Jack Welsby has told Love Rugby League that he is looking forward to the opportunity of learning more under England head coach Shaun Wane.
Welsby, 21, was born in Wigan and played his amateur rugby at Shevington Sharks and Blackbrook before joining St Helens.
He was this week named in Wane’s England 20-man squad to face the Combined Nations All Stars this Saturday in a mid-season test.
It will be the second fixture between the two sides. The All Stars claimed a 26-24 victory last year at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
This year’s fixture, held at the same venue, could see Welsby make his international debut and put his foot forward for the upcoming World Cup campaign.
Saints’ number one told Love Rugby League that he’s looking forward to playing under three-time Grand Final winner in Wane.
He could line up alongside club team-mate Joe Batchelor, who has also earned his first call-up.
Jack Welsby looking forward to England opportunity
“I’m buzzing. It’s a bit surreal coming in and seeing all the boys and getting amongst it. I’m raring to go,” Welsby told Love Rugby League.
“As a young lad coming from Wigan, this is all you dream of – playing at the highest level of international rugby. We’ll be putting ourselves through a good test against the Combined Nations this week.
“I think Waney (Shaun Wane) brings a lot of different ideas to what we get taught at Saints.
“It all comes from a good place and I’m willing to take on anything. His pedigree and what he’s done with Wigan in the past; all the boys respect him and I’m just looking forward to taking enough knowledge as I can away from him.”
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