Podcast: Kallum Watkins on playing in the pack, time in NRL and World Cup ambitions

Josh McAllister
Kallum Watkins

Kallum Watkins is the latest guest on the Love Rugby League podcast.

The England international centre joins George Riley for this week’s big interview, discussing his return to the sport following his long-term injury.

Watkins, 31, made his return to the field from injury earlier this season and has made three appearances so far. He has found his time under Salford boss Paul Rowley in the back-row for Salford, having played his career at centre to date.

He also talks about his World Cup ambitions and his Leeds departure to the NRL.

More on Kallum Watkins

Born in Manchester, Watkins made his debut in 2008 after being promoted to the first team at just 16. He went on to make a further four appearances in his debut year with the club.

He was a part of the treble-winning Leeds side in 2015, lifting the Challenge Cup, Leaders’ Shield and the 2015 Super League trophy. 

In January 2018, he was announced as Leeds’ new captain. He won a total of six Super League titles at Leeds.

Watkins would go on to make the move Down Under with Gold Coast Titans in 2019. He made six appearances in his first year in the NRL. In 2020, he returned home to England.

He signed a three-year deal with Toronto in 2020 before joining Salford. He featured in the club’s Grand Final defeat to St Helens.

Watkins has recently signed a new two-year contract extension, keeping him at the Red Devils until at least the end of 2023.

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Also on the podcast

Brad Singleton on working under Matt Peet, Leeds Rhinos and the power of positivity

Ryan Hall on England, NRL and life after league

Chris Hill on England, Jermaine McGillvary’s influence and Warrington

Jamie Soward on career, Super League & coaching ambitions