A Rugby League World Cup is always a chance to grow the game in both the host nation and abroad.
Many of the star players have spoken about this going into the tournament including plenty of Ireland’s star players as they hope to develop rugby league in the country so that it can rival rugby union in the country.
Ireland have plenty of star players to put their faith in including the likes of Grand Finalists James Bentley and Richie Myler, three-time NRL winner Luke Keary and a number of other Super League stars including Huddersfield Giants star Innes Senior.
The winger played in a first major final in 2022 as he starred for Huddersfield at the Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium against Wigan in a terrific final in which he impressed.
Senior is one of the Irish players really hoping to grow the game in Ireland as he told BBC Radio Leeds: “Hoping this campaign can kick something off in Ireland, if we can play well and get some excitement about it, then we’re hoping we can build the game in Ireland a bit.
“Union is huge there, so there’s no real reason rugby league can’t kick on there and the thing that might be able to start that is a good campaign in this World Cup.”
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This tournament also has significance closer to home for the winger as it is the last chance for him to play alongside twin brother Louis for the foreseeable future as he heads to Hull KR in 2023.
An emotional moment for the Senior twins, one that hasn’t happened since they were seven years old and it’s a moment Innes wants to cherish: “Yeah it will be weird when he’s gone. I don’t think it has really sunk in yet. We’ve been playing together since we were seven so knowing it’s going to be our last games it’s something I’m going to cherish.”