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Walker surprised by Knights call up

7th March 2018 | 4:51 pm

By Phil Daly

Grand Final winner Jack Walker says he was surprised to get his call up the England Knights squad but delighted to get the recognition from the national selectors and is hoping to make the most of his chance.

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Grand Final winner Jack Walker says he was surprised to get his call up the England Knights squad but delighted to get the recognition from the national selectors and is hoping to make the most of his chance.

The 18-year-old is certainly one for the future as England look to build towards the 2021 and 2025 World Cups with Paul Anderson’s Knights squad.

He commented, “I am really excited but it was unexpected if I’m honest. I got a call last night from Paul Anderson and he told me I was going to be included. I was really chuffed.

“The good news just keeps on coming for me having made my Rhinos debut less than a year ago and won a Grand Final back in October. It is a massive honour to be selected to go and play for England. It has always been a goal of mine to play for England and this is a great opportunity with the Knights.”

Last year, Walker was in the England Academy squad alongside fellow Knights squad members Danny Walker from Widnes and Jacob Trueman from Castleford. He says he enjoyed the experience with the national side and is looking forward to when the Knights meet up and says having a stepping stone from club to international rugby is important for young players. He added, “I enjoyed being in camp with the England Academy last year. It’s always good to meet other people and learn from them. I am really excited and can’t wait to get started.

“When you come from your club academy to the first team it is a big step up and then to go to international level is another jump again so it is good to have a progression between that now.

“It is a young group. I am excited to go and prove what I can do. Every game with the Rhinos, I am looking to prove things and this opportunity with the Knights is no different from that. Hopefully I can push on from here and look to get into the first team squad with England as well,” added the former Oulton Raider.

Walker is set to return to action on Thursday night when the Rhinos host Hull FC at Emerald Headingley. He has been sidelined since the Downer World Club Challenge in Melbourne with a knee injury but says he is relieved to be back after just two weeks out. He added, “I can’t wait to get back out there. It was a bit of a set back and initially it looked like I would need an operation. However, I did a lot of rehab and have got back sooner than I thought.”

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