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Hill: ‘PNG are definitely on the up’

01 Nov 22, 12:48PM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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Chris Hill insists England will be ready to tackle Papua New Guinea in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

The Kumuls are to be England’s next opponent, after defeating Wales on Monday night.

Hill describes Papua New Guinea as a nation “that is definitely on the up”.

“They love it don’t they? They love their rugby league,” he said.

“Watching them they’ve slowly built into this competition and we know we have to be on next week. By sticking to our processes we do and what we do relentlessly and ruthlessly will only hold us in good stead.”

The Huddersfield forward played in Great Britain’s loss to the Kumuls in Port Moresby in 2019.

“A lot of the lads had not been over to PNG and experienced that humidity and everything about it,” he said.

“But it was a good learning curve and a lesson we learned pretty harshly. It was another life lesson and it was brilliant to play there in PNG. We know how proud they are. It’s their national sport. They’ll bring it again, We have to be on.”

Hill’s selection was questioned by some supporters after he was picked in Shaun Wane’s World Cup squad ahead of the tournament.

The veteran prop says he knows he’s “good enough” to still be part of the national team set-up.

“I don’t need to prove anything to anyone,” he said.

“I’ll prove it to myself. I’ll prove it to Shaun. Waney had faith to bring me into this squad. I’ve not done it for a couple of years. I know I’m good enough to be here. If I wasn’t, I wouldn’t do it.

“With being injured as well, mid-year, I thought I had a bit of form going in before that and I came out and did well with my recovery.

“It was a pretty big injury which could have left me out for the rest of the year but I thought I did pretty well. It was a bit of a shock.

“You can never turn down playing for England, It doesn’t matter if you’re 21 or 38. You’re a long time retired. These are the best days of your life.”

Hill helped England destroy the Greeks at Bramall Lane in a record victory on Saturday.

“We have to be ruthless,” he said.

“That’s one of our trademarks. We’re coming into some big games now and if we want to go on and win it we have to be ruthless with our actions.

“Plaudits go to Greece, though, They had a dig, stuck in the game and fair play to them.”

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