Why Dom Young has chosen to play for Jamaica at World Cup

Josh McAllister
Dom Young

Newcastle Knights winger Dom Young is set to represent Jamaica at this year’s World Cup according to NRL journalist Brad Walter.

It is believed that Young will choose the Reggae Warriors to line-up alongside brother Alex, who plays on the wing for Championship club Workington.

Young was born and raised in England. But he qualifies to represent Jamaica via the family heritage rule through grandmother Joyce, and grandfather, George.

The 20-year-old recently crossed for a hat-trick during his side’s 38-12 victory over Gold Coast Titans on Friday. He has scored eight tries in 17 appearances in the NRL,

England boss fails to meet Dom Young in recent trip Down Under

The impressive youngster has also caught the attention of England boss Shaun Wane, who recently visited Australia to talk to his potential World Cup stars.

However, Wane admitted he “couldn’t get the chance” to speak to the former Huddersfield youngster during his trip.

Tom Burgess, Ryan Sutton, Luke Thompson and Elliott Whitehead are amongst other players in the NRL who look likely to make the England squad.

Meanwhile, Wane will be sweating on the fitness of talented Brisbane Broncos centre Herbie Farnworth. The 22-year-old suffered a bicep injury during his side’s 24-18 win over Canberra Raiders in the NRL earlier in June.

The 2017 World Cup finalists will be without winger Jermaine McGillvary, who announced his shock retirement from the international game earlier in June.

Wane has also declared that he has left the door open for James Roby to make a u-turn on his international retirement ahead of the World Cup.

Roby announced his retirement from international rugby league last September. However, there is speculation that he could return to the England fold.