BROWN: I’LL MAKE MOST OF CHANCE
KEVIN BROWN intends to turn up the pressure on coach Wayne Bennett, when he gets his World Cup opportunity on Sunday.
Stand-off Brown is one of four players handed their first chance of the tournament, against France, alongside Scott Taylor, Mike Mcmeeken and Mark Percival. The 33-year-old has no issue with having to bide his time – but now wants to make the most of his start in Perth.
Brown said: “Obviously, it’s been frustrating wanting to play, but I understand we’ve got a fantastic squad and I had to wait for my chance.
“I expected it. We’ve got the current Man of Steel Luke Gale and the Dally M (the NRL’S player of the year) stand-off Gareth Widdop, so I knew I’d have to put some work in.
“Hopefully, I can take my chance and put some pressure on Wayne, when he picks the side for the quarter-finals.
“I can’t wait. It’s the pinnacle of my career playing for my country, and to play in a World Cup makes it extra-special.”
France are 33-1 outsiders with some bookmakers, but Brown has warned against complacency after the disappointing secondhalf display against Lebanon.
He added: “My last Test against France was tough in Avignon, and they’ll be passionate. We know a lot more about them than we do the Lebanese, and we want an improved performance, especially in the second half.”