Joe ready to take on Kiwis
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.