Veteran England winger Ryan Hall is ready to prove his doubters wrong at this World Cup as the tournament rapidly approaches.
Hall is England’s record try scorer with an impressive 24 tries in 28 appearances after he notched another score in England’s demolition of Fiji on Friday night.
Even with his record as an international player, there has been questions surrounding Hall’s inclusion in Shaun Wane’s squad with other wingers such as Salford’s Joe Burgess and Wigan’s Liam Marshall enjoying successful seasons in Super League and would have been in many peoples squads above Hall.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5live, Hall is aware of the outside noise about his selection but is fully focused on the task at hand.
“I’m really proud to be here again,” Hall said. “I’m getting to stage where people are questioning me being here and asking is it the right stage for him and that sort of thing.
“The coach is charge of that and he’s put his faith in me again for the work I’ve done in Super League so still a lot of life in me yet. I’m not going to take a backwards step.”
On the other wing for England during their win against Fiji was the electric Dom Young who put in a massive shift with a try and two try assists as he claimed the man of the match for his performance. With Tommy Makinson back in contention for the Samoa game, Hall is by no means guaranteed to be included in Wane’s opening fixture squad but will be ready if needed as he knows the quality which Samoa will bring.
“They have named a very strong side, a lot of which was involved in the NRL Grand Final so they have quality coming out of their eyeballs,” Hall continued. “So we need to be on form for that first game and that’s what we are striving to do.”