“I had to get injuries sorted,” he told Love Rugby League.
“I was really disappointed. They had a great tournament. When I spoke to the lads afterwards they had a ball. They made some great friends and had a really good time.
“So it would have been nice to have been a part of that, but I had to get the injuries sorted out.”
But he is no doubt that he will be putting himself up for selection when the chance comes to pull on the dark blue jersey once again.
He may yet get his chance at the end of the season, should a European Championships be re-introduced to the international calendar.
“Definitely, it’s always nice to get international honours,” he added.
“There’s always that bit of experience to pick up. If anything like that came along, I’d definitely put my hand up, and go from there.
“I’ve just got to have a good season first.
“When you’ve got people like Broughy, and then these Australians who are willing to put their hand up, like Peter Wallace, and put the jersey on, for youngsters it’s inspirational.
“If you can play alongside them, then it’s benefiting your game, as well as everything else.”