Warrington second rower Ben Currie has set his sights on making his England debut in the World Cup after 10 months out through injury.
The 22-year-old will link up with the England squad on Monday having scored the winning try in the
Warrington’s victory gave them a measure of revenge for their Grand Final defeat last October, which Currie was forced to watch from the sidelines after suffering the agony of a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament against the same opponents in a Super 8s game three weeks earlier.
“It was very tough to take,” said Currie. “When I did it, I thought it might not be too serious but then I had the scan the next day.
“When the physio rang me with the news, I was with my mum and dad when he said ‘it looks like it’s going to be a long one’. It was very emotional sat there with my family, there were a few tears.
“But it’s all behind me now. If anything, it’s made me mentally stronger and I can kick on for the rest of the year.”
Ten months ago, Currie had the rugby league world at his feet. An England academy tourist to Australia in 2012, he represented Ireland in the 2013 World Cup but he was always on England’s radar.
At just 20, Currie was named in Steve McNamara’s squad for the 2015 Test series against New Zealand and was poised to make his debut under Wayne Bennett last October until injury struck.
It also ruled him out of this year’s mid-season Test against Samoa in Sydney but Bennett kept him in his revised 27-man elite training squad.
Currie is determined to justify Bennett’s loyalty by forcing his way into his final squad for the trip to Australia in October by which time he believes he should at his fittest.
“That’s definitely my goal,” added Currie. “I think I’ve got nine games to try and impress and get in that 24-man squad.
“He showed a lot of faith in me by keeping me in the big squad while I’ve been injured and I’ve got to prove he made the right decision.
“If I could get in the squad to go to Australia, I should be fresh compared to most people so it could be a positive in the end.”