Joe ready to take on Ki­wis

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - IAN LAYBOURN

ENG­LAND’S Joe Green­wood is ready to use his bulky frame as a bat­ter­ing ram against New Zealand on his Test de­but.

The 25- year- old Wigan back- rower has been drafted into coach Wayne Ben­nett’s team for the third Test against the Ki­wis in Leeds to­mor­row be­cause of a prop short­age.

The for­mer St He­lens and Gold Coast Ti­tans for­ward takes the place on the bench of South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs fron­trower Ge­orge Burgess, who starts a four- match ban.

“It’s a new po­si­tion for me,” Green­wood said.

“I’m used to run­ning out on the edges but I’ll em­brace it and just do what props do, cart the ball in and tackle in the mid­dle.

“Wayne says he doesn’t want any­thing spec­tac­u­lar from me, just to run hard and tackle hard.”

Green­wood, who was a sur­prise in­clu­sion in Aus­tralian Ben­nett’s 24- man squad, was con­tent to gain ex­pe­ri­ence from rub­bing shoul­ders with sea­soned in­ter­na­tion­als.

But he edged closer to a first cap when his club cap­tain Sean O’Lough­lin sus­tained a calf in­jury in the first Test.

“It’s a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity and I’m grate­ful to get a callup,” he said. “It’s a dream from be­ing lit­tle to play for your coun­try and my time has come.”

Green­wood’s call- up caps a me­te­oric rise. He was play­ing for the Ti­tans’ re­serve team un­til he was thrown a ca­reer life­line by Su­per Lea­guers Wigan in mid- sea­son.

Joe Green­wood.

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