Roosters lock Victor Radley and creator Sam Walker are firmly in the sights of English coach Shaun Wane ahead of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Wane plans to sit down with Radley this week and try to persuade him to represent England at the tournament, which is scheduled to begin on October 15.
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Radley’s father, Nigel, was born in Sheffield and gave the 24-year-old a license to jump to the Three Lions if he missed a choice with Australia.
Wane told the Australian Associated Press about his interest in selecting Radley for his debut in England after closely monitoring his progress this season.
“I am very proud to be English and I want my players to be proud of it,” he told the AAP.
“If there is someone who has an English heritage and is absolutely exceptional in his position, I am also open to his choice.
“He (Radley) is a great player, no doubt about it.
“I have some really strong players in this position and if he wants to be available, it’s up to me to make a judgment.”
Despite interest from across the hemisphere, Radley has made it clear in the past that representing Australia is his top priority. However, in his five-year career at the NRL, he has not yet been selected to the Blues or Kangaroos.
Radley has not yet commented on Wane’s remarks.
Under Wane’s radar is Walker, who was born in Yorkshire, while his father Ben played Leeds Rhinos in 2002.
Walker has three attempts and five assists this season, while in the 11th round he shone for the Roosters against Parramatte in an impressive return to form.
Wane confirmed that Walker was on his list of suitable suitors for the international challenge.
“My eyes are always open and I watch everything,” Wane said said the Daily Telegraph.
“He (Walker) is a good player.”
“She’s on the list, definitely,” Wane said.
The English coach also expressed interest in selecting Tigers half-defender Jackson Hastings for the British nomination.
Hastings qualified for the Three Lions through his English grandmother, and in 2019 he represented England four times under Wayne Bennett.
“Jackson is a good player and he does really impressive things for the Tigers,” added Wane.
“It’s the same as everyone else, I’m open and if it plays well, it will definitely be in the picture.”
“The door is never closed, but I always want England to be the first choice.”
Wane, who replaced Wayne Bennett as England’s coach in 2020, is currently in Australia and touches on a base with several British international prospects based in the NRL.
Among them is the formal center of the Broncos Herbie Farnworth, along with British props Luke Thompson and Elliot Whitehead.
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