Castleford’s Man of Steel, Luke Gale, has said that he is aiming for an England win over favourites Australia in their World Cup pool opener to help him get over his disappointment following the Grand Final.
The player hasn’t had much time to recover from last Saturday’s 24-6 loss to Leeds after he was called into England’s World Cup squad and flew to Perth for a 10-day training camp.
Speaking towards the end of last week Gale said, “It can’t take long to get over it. I’ve a different task ahead now with the World Cup. It wasn’t a great feeling after Saturday’s game but I went to Dublin with the lads and had a few pints of Guinness. It was a time to reflect on a great season, not to have our heads down.”
Gale will be hoping to secure his place in the England starting line-up for the fifteenth World Cup that begins in two weeks’ time. He made his international debut against France a year ago and played in two of England’s three matching in the 2016 Four Nations Series.
His place in the team looks secure following a fantastic season and his selection as the 2017 Man of Steel. However, Mike McMeeken is his only Tigers teammate joining him in Australia.
His colleagues Michael Shenton, Greg Eden and Paul McShane failed to make the squad and Zak Hardaker was omitted after testing positive for cocaine.
“I think every player would say their team-mates deserve to be in,” Gale said. “Maybe a couple might have been unlucky but I think the 24-man squad Wayne Bennett has named is very strong and I’m very happy with it.”
Gale said that he is really looking forward to taking on Australia and added “It would be a great tonic after last Saturday to beat the Aussies down under.”