Handley to use England experience as 2020 inspiration

Leeds Rhinos winger Ash Handley says his experience as part of the England squad at the World Cup Nines will drive him on to even better things in 2020 with his club.

Handley crossed for two tries in England’s win over France and played in all three games for Wayne Bennett’s side on the second day of the World Nines in Sydney.

The winger commented, “It has been brilliant to be part of the England camp and be around the boys. It has been fantastic to be part of a top class side and get to know everyone. You can learn so much from being around these players and Wayne Bennett is obviously a great coach. Being able to play and train under him has been a great experience.”

England lost out to New Zealand in the semi final in Sydney and Handley says he is a big fan of the shortened format.

He added, “The Nines tournament was great. There are sixteen players and only thirteen could be involved in any one game. I missed out on the first game but there was a lot of rotating and I thought when I got my chance I went quite well in some parts. It was a really entertaining experience and I would like to do it again some time. 

“It was brilliant to test myself against world class players like the New Zealand side. Being part of the game against people like Shaun Johnson was a great experience,” added Handley. 

Handley was tipped in the Australia media as one of the players to watch out for at the Nines and he admitted he was flattered to be included. He added, “I didn’t expect to be tipped up here in the Australian press with so many great players involved, to be named as one of the players to watch was great and hopefully I performed to what people were expecting. 

“I haven’t really stopped since the end of the season. I’ll have a few weeks off now and then be ready to go and push on to even better things in 2020 and get the team where it needs to be,” added Handley.