Victor Radley has revealed that a night out with his England team-mates helped settle any nerves he had about choosing to play for the country of his father’s birth.
The 24-year-old Australian-born loose forward was selected in Shaun Wane’s squad prior to the tournament after putting his hands up for the three lions, and in doing so turning down any opportunity to play State of Origin in the future.
It’s a decision that has been well talked about on both sides of the world, but after having some nerves on his flight to the UK, Radley has revealed that a pint with England captain Sam Tomkins helped to quash any lingering doubts in his mind.
“I got on the flight and all of a sudden I got nervous, I was by myself and for some reason I got these nerves,” Radley said in conversation with Fox Sports.
“As soon as I landed I went and met my mates. Then I did a training session and Sam Tomkins grabbed me and we went for a pint.”
Radley elaborated revealing that pint turned into a few, while also acknowledging the comforting nature of having plenty of people to fall back on and speak to in the UK.
“We had a big night out and from that moment I knew I made the right decision,” added Radley. “Within two pints those nerves went away and I’ve loved it ever since.
“I’m really lucky to have a lot of friends and family here. Everyone has been reaching out and making sure I’m okay and invited me to come here or there. It feels like home, it really does.”