Exiles forward Harrison Hansen is relishing tonight’s International Origin Match with England at Warrington.
Hansen, who hopes to represent Samoa in this year’s Rugby League World Cup, spoke of how the Exiles players have bonded effortlessly despite being rivals on the club scene.
“It’s been an awesome experience so far,” said Hansen.
“Representative rugby is a totally different experience from the club scene. It’s been good to be part of an international set up as everyone’s a kind of family and you’re able to catch up with boys you’ve grown up with.
“It’s been great to get to know some of the guys a bit better because you can’t really do that when you’re just passing them by, but when you’re spending hours together training and in the hotel, it’s different.”
The 27 year-old, who last week captained Wigan Warriors for the first time, also told how there is a positive feel in the squad and how he personally has always looked up to teammate, Steve Menzies.
“Many of the names in the squad are massive in the context of the sport and some of them I’ve personally always looked up to.
“I’ve always looked up to Steve Menzies and so just to have met him and talked to him is brilliant. Playing alongside him is going to be awesome.
“The atmosphere in camp has been great,” Hansen added. “We’ve had the mix right between working hard in training and then having a bit of a chill out. Now we’re fully focused on ripping in and doing the job.
Tickets for the 2013 International Origin Game are on sale at the Halliwell Jones Stadium Ticket Office.