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Warrington Wolves' Chris has high hopes of transforming Old Trafford nightmares with England
RATHER than avoiding Old Trafford like the plague, Chris Hill is setting his sights on being back there in seven weeks’ time.
The Theatre of Dreams, a venue of nightmares for the prop forward and his Wolves teammates, will host the Rugby League World Cup Final on Saturday, November 30.
While the majority of Tony Smith’s Grand Final 17 will have to wait months to put matters right on a rugby field, Hill and back-row teammate Ben Westwood are already in camp with the national squad in South Africa gearing up for England’s tilt at glory.
And Hill admits it is a chance to take his Grand Final frustrations out on the Aussies, who will be England’s opening opponents in Cardiff on October 26.
“Yes, hopefully,” said the 25-year-old.
“It’s something to look forward to and it’s the best chance we’ve had for years looking at the squad and the strength in depth that we have.”
Despite the season’s journey and the emotional troughs of Grand Final and Challenge Cup semi-final defeats, Hill says he will be able to lift himself all over again.
“It’s a different competition and I’m always immensely proud to put on the England shirt. It’s another challenge for me and all the England boys, one that we’ll take on together.”
Hill has consistently paid tribute to Wolves’ experienced props like Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell for their help over the past two years in his rapid and successful transition from being a part-time player in the Championship.
“The team has gone from being middle of the table to contesting for finals and a lot of it is down to them,” he said.
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