November 6th, 2019

International Wolves: Hughes set for GB debut


Jack Hughes is expected to make his Great Britain debut in the centres when the Lions face New Zealand this Saturday.

The second-rower is yet to feature on the tour Down Under but injuries to GB’s outside backs have presented the Warrington co-captain with his opportunity this weekend.

Hughes says playing out of position doesn’t faze him as Great Britain look to avenge last weekend’s 12-8 defeat to the Kiwis.

“I’ll always do what’s best for the team and the team comes first – especially at this level,” he said.

“Obviously a couple of injuries have tested the depth of the squad and Wayne [Bennett] has asked me to jump in at centre and do a job and I’ll do it all the justice I can.

“It’s nothing new to me. It doesn’t faze me. Back in my Wigan days I played the majority of one season at centre.

“Out there you’re under a bit more pressure decision-making wise but it’s nothing I can’t handle.”

Hughes will be one of five Warrington players to take to the field with Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Joe Philbin and new signing Gareth Widdop also set to feature.

Representing Great Britain is often seen as the pinnacle of a Rugby League player’s career and that is a notion Hughes certainly agrees with.

“It’ll be the proudest moment of my career by far,” explains the second-rower.

“It’s something I’ve aspired to since I was a little kid. To get my chance this weekend and to walk out for Great Britain is going to be special.

“We know where we need to fix up and execute better.

“The more we get the big boys tired we can move the ball around more and the more success you have. We’re really looking forward to another crack and I’m looking forward to my debut.”

Great Britain Lions face New Zealand this Saturday 9 November, 7am kick-off (UK).

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