Try scorer Newman hoping to cap off incredible year
England's Harry Newman celebrates his try
Leeds Rhinos and England Academy centre Harry Newman is hoping to finish off an impressive season when he returns to Emerald Headingley this Friday for England Academy’s clash with the Australian Schoolboys, kick off 7.30pm.
Newman scored 17 tries in 13 appearances for the Rhinos U19s last season as he helped them return to the Academy Grand Final and also ran in 16 tries in 12 appearances for Featherstone Rovers. He maintained that impressive record with the opening try in Saturday’s 14-8 win in the First Test at Leigh.
He admits it was the perfect way to begin against the Tourists, he commented, “It was a great start to the game. It meant a lot to me to get the first try for England but more importantly to get the win in the end. It was my first game back after a couple of months off so it was very difficult at times. In the first half I thought we dug deep. They had played a few games so we had to dig deep and we did that very well.
“Our middles defended really well and kept the pressure on their outside backs, we defended our goal line very well and played the conditions a lot better than them,” added Newman.
The Huddersfield-born back says a series win would cap an incredible year for him personally. He commented, “It has been a great year, getting to an Academy Grand Final and playing in another Final with Featherstone along with a try in the first test has been great but a win on Friday would top the lot.”
The Rhinos have seven players in the England squad with six involved in the first test. Forward Loui McConnell could be in contention for Friday’s game which Newman believes would be a fantastic achievement for Leeds if it happened.
He added, “Playing at our home ground will be fantastic. I know the Rhinos first team boys are coming down on Friday which is a great support. I spoke to the senior lads for their advice, they have been through it and know what it’s about. I have spoken to Kallum Watkins in particular and he has been a great role model for me having done it at the highest level.
“Our coach Dave Elliott has been great too plus James Ford and Jamie Langley have given us lots of great tips and helped us. Jamie gave us advice going into the game about coping with the pressure and how to deal with the game itself.
“I felt pretty relaxed before the game, I’d say I was more pumped up playing for my country and we all made sure that we did the shirt proud and I thought we did that on Saturday. It has been a great year for English Rugby League with the series win over New Zealand and the Knights trip to Papua New Guinea. We are challenging the best in the world and a test series would cap that off, for the young English lads it would be a great experience,” added Newman.
Tickets are just £5 for adults for this Friday’s game at Emerald Headingley and FREE for juniors. You can book your ticket now at tickets.therhinos.co.uk or you will be able to pay on the night.