Ryan Hall says he’d relish an appearance at the Millennium Stadium at Rugby League World Cup 2013, six years after he made his club debut at the same venue, as he aims to break his duck against Australia.
England face Kangaroos as part of a spellbinding RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony on October 26, and memories of his Leeds Rhinos bow in Cardiff are still fresh for Hall.
“It was the game against Bradford in 2007 at the Magic Weekend, the one where we scored from the penalty attempt to win the game,” he recalled.
“It was a nerve-racking experience to be making my debut at such a fantastic stadium. I’d only expected to be 18th man, but a player dropped out and I was told on the bus down I was in.
“It threw me in at the deep end on a big occasion, but I was able to draw on that experience for the weeks following, and it’s much more natural nowadays.”
Hall is chasing selection for England in the Opening Ceremony clash against the Kangaroos, and says he hopes to break his duck following a run of defeats against the men in Green and Gold.
“I’m really looking forward to the tournament and it’d be a great honour to be picked. I’ve played Australia before, but I’ve never beaten them, so it’d be amazing to do it at Rugby League World Cup 2013, on such a massive occasion.
“I experienced a fantastic atmosphere playing for England at Wembley in 2011, and I hope to play there again at RLWC2013, but I know the noise generated in Cardiff with the roof closed will be something else.
“The stadium creates a real bounce and the fans are on top of you. I hope they can come out in their numbers and getting behind England.”
England face Australia at the Millennium Stadium on October 26.
The match follows a spectacular RLWC2013 Opening Ceremony which is already tipped to be “the greatest show Rugby League has ever seen”, and precedes an intriguing clash between Wales and Italy.
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