Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks has today confirmed some breaking news. She confirmed that NRL star Victory Radley could play for England in the World Cup.
This is due to his family heritage qualifying through his father who was born in Sheffield meaning that the loose-forward could be an important part of the jigsaw for England at this autumn’s competition and give them a much more concrete chance of winning the tournament.
Radley has surprisingly never represented Australia or New South Wales despite being named in the squad for this year’s Origin series.
He would go on to be the subject of a controversial incident in this year’s State of Origin where he was caught on camera in the dressing room mimicking a sex act on teammate Joseph Suaalii. NRL CEO Andrew Abdo demanded an explanation of the incident whilst others stated that it was wrong that a camera was filming inside the dressing room in doing so defending him.
It is interesting that shortly after this, Radley would be confirmed as an option for England. He is highly thought of especially by former Catalans coach and his current coach at Sydney Roosters Trent Robinson.
He also has two Grand Final wins to his name in 2018 and 2019 as the Roosters beat Melbourne and then John Bateman’s Canberra Raiders in back to back seasons.
The loose-forward’s inclusion in the squad would raise questions over who should be England’s starting 13 with the 13 shirt originally set to be Morgan Knowles.
Radley is one of a number of high profile players down under who could feature for England including Dom Young, Herbie Farnworth, Tom Burgess, Elliott Whitehead and of course Luke Thompson.
Radley is keen to play stating “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do” in an official statement.