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Warrington Wolves prop hopes to follow up debut with performance against France
Chris Hill got a taste of international rugby against Wales and now wants to test himself against the French. Pictures by Mike Boden
CHRIS Hill is expecting France to offer a tougher test of England’s capabilities when the two teams meet in the Autumn International Series at Craven Park on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.
Having made his England debut in the record-breaking 80-12 drubbing dealt to Wales in Wrexham at the weekend, the Wolves prop does not plan to rest on his laurels as Steve McNamara’s men look to send a message of intent to the French side they will also meet in the series final at Salford City Stadium on November 11.
“My debut was a special day, one that I will never forget,” said the 24-year-old.
“There is no achievement higher than representing your country in a Test match, so I will just have to train as hard as I can this week and hopefully put my name in the hat for this Saturday as well.
“We are expecting a tougher test, as they are a bigger set of forwards and have a lot of Catalan players in there.
“They will no doubt be coming down the middle hard at us, but they also have some good halves like Thomas Bosc so they have talent all over the park.
“We will have to get on top down the middle, but providing we concentrate on our game we will hopefully turn France over.”
Hill’s debut was typical of the performances the Wolves faithful have come to expect from the club’s player of the year, though both him and front row partner Morley were hardly called to produce their best against a Welsh side that struggled to keep their heads above water.
The Wolves player who will likely be most satisfied with his performance was scrum half Myler, who made the most of Rangi Chase’s absence by playing well alongside skipper Kevin Sinfield and having a hand in six of England’s tries.