Scott Dureau excited for first representative appearance

Scott Dureau says he is looking forward to his first taste of professional representative rugby league.

The Australian scrum half has never been selected for any first grade representative side, missing out on selection for New South Wales and Australia throughout his time in the NRL.

He is the only player in the Exiles team to have never represented his country or state.

Dureau said: “Being away and staying in a hotel with guys from different clubs is something I haven’t experienced before. 

“I don’t think I was ever quite the player to make the Australian team, or anything like that. It’s been a good first 18 months here in the Super League, so now to represent the Exiles is something I am proud to do.”

Dureau admits he struggled to make an impact in the NRL despite being in the same Newcastle Knights squad as Australian half back legend Andrew Johns in 2007. 

Since leaving the Knights at the end of 2010, Dureau has risen to become one of Super League’s flourishing stars.

He said: “I think back in Australia I always felt the pressure a little bit more, and I didn’t bring the best to myself there which is disappointing.

“But I have really enjoyed my time in Europe so far, so I guess the way the sport is played here has agreed with me. I’m really enjoying my footy and life off the field as well.”

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