Raiders backrower Hudson Young has been rewarded for his stellar second half of the season with selection in the expanded Kangaroos roster.
Coach Mal Meninga has informed players whose NRL seasons have ended that they have been selected in Australia’s train-on-squad ahead of the World Cup.
That team will be reduced to 24 players as the Kangaroos aim to keep the World Cup they won in 2017, with the tournament kicking off in England on October 15.
“I was quite surprised to be included in that expanded roster, it’s something very important to myself and my family,” Young told the Fox League Podcast.
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“I still see Australia as the pinnacle of Origin, playing and representing your country is the greatest honor ever.
“Obviously playing for the Blues is a huge achievement, but I still see it as a trial to play for Australia. I just think representing your country is the best thing you can ever do for your family and yourself. to do.”
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Young spent some time in the NSW Cup earlier this year before bursting into his best form for Canberra in the second half of the season.
The 24-year-old scored 10 tries from round 15 and recorded a stunning 43 tackle breaks in the same time.
Young believes he had the best season of his burgeoning career thanks to a change of personnel with the Raiders in the summer.
“It just depends on how you prepare. I felt like I had a really good off-season, which culminated in a really good pre-season,” he said.
“We had new trainers this year in Jeremy Hickman and Blake Duncan and they had new philosophies and different ways of training and I feel it really helped my style of play.
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“I’m not a huge long-distance runner, my game is all about speed and stuff, so I feel like it’s helped my game.
“I probably took my foot off the gas a little bit when I hurt my toe on lap 1, I wore it for two weeks and then got an injection and Sticky said the game should be over against Melbourne and I went back to the Cup for a game against the bears.
“Luckily, Elliott Whitehead got a tap in training and I was able to play the following week. It was the worst I’ve ever seen, he had four teeth hanging out of his head and still wanted to play.”
Joseph Suaalii, Ben Hunt, Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Harry Grant, Angus Crichton, Lindsay Collins, Jake Trbojevic, Daly Cherry-Evans, Pat Carrigan and Payne Haas are all reportedly included in the Kangaroos’ expanded roster.
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