Willie Poching believes Huddersfield Giants star deserves more respect after he equalled record held by Leeds Rhinos & Hull KR legends

Former Warrington Wolves man and Huddersfield Giants star Chris Hill is set for a landmark appearance tomorrow as England meet Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup semi-finals at the Emirates Stadium.

The prop is set to climb to second in the list of leading appearance makers in the tournament having equalled third alongside Leeds legend John Atkinson, Hull KR legend Roger Millward abd George Nicholls with his 15th appearance in a World Cup.

He only sits behind Cameron Smith on 17 and should England make the final he will equal that record.

Set to be a special day for Hill who, though 35, is in red hot form and speaking on BBC Radio Leeds, ex-Wakefield Trinity boss Willie Poching described him as being in “season best form” despite being one of the best Super League signings of the year in 2022 especially until he got injured in the Challenge Cup Final.

Poching, who worked with Hill at Warrington, believes he deserves more respect.

He said: “Definitely he deserves more respect, he’s remarkable, he was a late comer to Super League as he came through the Leigh Centurions and I remember being at Warrington when we were scouting him and wondering if he’s passed it but it’s remarkable what he’s done.

“I think him and Tom Burgess have been outstanding.”

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