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LONDON: Dean Hadley is hoping to learn and grow as a player and a person from England Knights’ tour of Papua New Guinea.
The Hull FC back rower was selected in the squad by coach Paul Anderson last week and is now looking ahead to the trip of a lifetime.
Hadley admits he cannot wait to sample the passionate atmosphere in PNG when the Knights arrive for the matches in Lae on Oct 27 and Port Moresby on Nov 3.
Lae and Port Moresby are well-renowned for their support and love for rugby league and Hadley says he is looking forward to the reception.
As well as the experience, Hadley is also hoping he can improve as a player from the step up to international level.
“There is so much around this tour. It’s not just the case of playing a couple of games, we are doing something new and unique,” Hadley said.
“I’ve heard some stories but on one of our last meetings with the Knights, our coach Paul Anderson said he had gone over in the summer to check out where we are going to be based and stuff like that. We have an understanding of where we are going to be going and what it’s going to be like.
“Papua New Guinea have that love for the game and it’s massive over there, it’s their national sport. The passion will be on show no doubt.
“The different environment and cultures will be interesting to see.
“We’ve got a couple of weeks now to keep ticking over before we fly to Brisbane first for a training camp.
“I have been with the England Knights for this season and we have had a few catch-up meetings and things like that. We knew that we were going to get a call about going or not. Thankfully it was good news and something to really look forward to. We can all hopefully take a lot from this experience and improve as players and people.”
Hadley also praised FC teammate Jamie Shaul after his call-up and says the full-back now has an opportunity to enhance his already impressive reputation.
“With Shauly it’s good. I have known him a long time and we kind of came through the same amateur route,” Hadley added.
“Shauly has proven over the last four or five years that he’s one of the best in the league. He has been in and around the elite squad and it’s a great opportunity for him to show he can mix it with the best. It’s a chance for everyone and that’s why I believe the Knights concept is so good.”
England Knights: Oliver Holmes (Castleford Tigers), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Kruise Leeming (Huddersfield Giants), Chris Atkin (Hull KR), Robbie Mulhern (Hull KR), Jamie Shaul (Hull FC), Dean Hadley (Hull FC), Brad Fash (Hull FC), Mikolaj Oledzki (Leeds Rhinos), Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos), Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos), Danny Richardson (St Helens), Matt Lees (St Helens), James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity), Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors), Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors), Harvey Livett (Warrington Wolves), Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves), Joe Philbin (Warrington Wolves), Toby King (Warrington Wolves), Matt Whitley (Widnes Vikings), Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings). –Hull Daily Mail

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