A lot has been spoken about Australia’s ‘huge three’ of Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk
JOSH Hodgson has seen sufficient to know that the Australians will not be superhuman.
The England hooker faces the celebs billed as one of the best the planet has ever seen week in, week out at NRL facet Canberra.
And he has a bit of data for followers already bowing right down to the greatness of a number of the names on the Kangaroos’ group record.
Cameron Smith knocks on, Billy Slater is caught out of place, Cooper Cronk can kick out on the total.
The gamers he can be going through as Wayne Bennett’s males look to win the World Cup are males, not machines.
“They make errors, they’re human,” stated Hodgson. “They make errors simply as we do typically.
“While you’re in England, you get it rammed down your throat that they’re superstars.
“However at Tremendous League degree, a number of the gamers we have now are simply pretty much as good, the one factor they’ve is how huge the sport is in Australia and have extra power in depth.
“When sides get accidents they will name on a much bigger pool of gamers however I don’t suppose anybody is of that mindset that they’re that a lot better, so we simply fear about ourselves.
“We solely want to fret about getting wins, not about different groups.”
Hodgson, who performed for each Hull groups in Tremendous League, has been an undoubted success since transferring to the NRL after the 2014 season.
Now it’s time to reproduce what he has proven in Australia in an England shirt, particularly after what was seen as a disappointing 4 Nations marketing campaign final 12 months.
Just one quarter of final 12 months’s squad has missed out this time round, together with injured Stevie Ward who would have been in whereas Sean O’Loughlin was injured in 2016.
And Hodgson believes giving so lots of the gamers the prospect to make amends might pay dividends, particularly on the again of Could’s win over Samoa.
He added: “We had been upset to not make the 4 Nations last however we saved the identical sort of group towards Samoa and practically all these gamers are within the squad now.
“While you take a look at that, to have the continuity of gamers goes to assist us transfer ahead and the extra we are able to play alongside one another, the higher.”
England are going to play mid-season internationals subsequent season and in future years. It might solely be one recreation however Bennett definitely thinks they’re value persevering with.
The coach stated: “That’s the one distinction between England and Australia.
“They play a variety of video games which might be shut and fiercely aggressive and English gamers in all probability don’t play sufficient of these video games.
“In opposition to Samoa we solely had about one-and-a-half coaching classes however they performed a disciplined recreation as Samoa are some group and we by no means actually allow them to within the recreation.
“Australia will stand out for 2 causes – one it’s extremely aggressive competitors each week and two, State of Origin.
“That’s why England wanted to come back out this 12 months and must play extra mid-season Assessments so we are able to bridge that hole.”
Bennett’s pondering definitely sits properly with 27-year-old Hodgson.
He added: “I do know it’s powerful, particularly with the English-based lads as they play as many video games as they do.
“But when we’re going to develop as a rustic and actually attempt to be one of the best, the extra usually we are able to play, the higher.”