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Brett Hodgson names “England’s best centre”

There’s no better praise from your coach than for him to say that you are “England’s best centre”.

Those are the words that came from Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson’s mouth when discussing Josh Griffin.

The centre has been in inspired form for the black-and-whites in 2021 and epitomised that good form with a stellar performance against Leeds on Sunday night.

“He had a couple of really pivotal moments, the skill that he displayed even before he caught the ball for our third try was class,” Hodgson said.

“He moved his footwork to the inside shoulder of Konrad Hurrell whicih is very difficult to do, but ‘Griff’ made it look easy.

“I’m really pleased with what he’s been doing for us; defensively he’s very strong and he’s a big presence that you need to tackle.

“The boys love him, he’s a great character and he’s coming out of his shell in terms of communication in and outside of our meetings so we’re really happy to see him grow.

“He’s England’s best centre at the moment, but it’s down to Shaun Wane if he gets in.

“He wouldn’t let England down though if he does choose him.”

Hodgson is having to monitor a few of his troops ahead of the visit to St Helens, but one forward may be back.

“Josh Bowden is back in contention, but whether or not he plays we will have to wait and see.

“With respect to the players that played at the weekend, they all put their hands up, but Bowden is in the conversation.

“The boys are little bit sore from a very physical contest against Leeds – it’s only two days after so we need to see how they rock up in the next few days.

“We won’t be able to do much physical stuff until the end of the week.”

Ahead of the trip to St Helens, the Hull boss said his side are up for the challenge against one of the best sides in the competition.

“They’ve been at the top for a number of years – they’ve won the last two Grand Finals.

“They’re fit, strong and well coached and just don’t go away; it’s just a matter of us executing our plan and making sure we are strong defensively.

“It’s always a challenge coming up against St Helens, but it’s up to us to continue on that path we are on.

“We need to make sure we are turning up, but I’m excited for the challenge.”

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