Victor Radley’s dad reveals how tough of a decision it was for NRL star to commit to England and abandon Origin

When Victor Radley chose to turn his back on State of Origin and the chance to represent Australia to play for England, many people were shocked.

As always with a decision like this, it also stirred up a lot of debate.

It was reminiscent of when Rangi Chase played for England in 2011 and had Leeds Rhinos legend Gary Schoefield criticising the decision.

However, hearing just how committed Radley is to the England cause, no one should question his commitment to Shaun Wane’s side.

This is because his dad Nigel Radley has revealed just how tough of a decision it was.

“I was like if that is your call, if you are going to do it, just don’t do it half-hearted,’ Nigel Radley said to the Daily Mail.

“It was a big decision to rule himself out of State of Origin.

“My mum and dad are gone now, but my dad would have been ultra proud of him. My dad was sports mad. I wish he could have seen him play for England.”

Radley now has the chance to help England secure their place in the World Cup semi-finals this weekend against Samoa at the Emirates Stadium.

It has been a brilliant tournament for him as he picked up the Man of the Match in game one against Samoa at St James’ Park and got to play in his dad’s home city of Sheffield at Bramall Lane.

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