13th October 2017, 18:00 | englandrl

Inside Camp: With Jermaine McGillvary

Inside Camp: With Jermaine McGillvary

Rugby-League.com: So Jermaine, there’s been a new arrival at the McGillvary household, has it been tough leaving the family at home?

Jermaine McGillvary: Yeah definitely. The older two are alright, they know what I do travelling about and they’re excited to watch but baby Ezra is just three months old so it’s going to be pretty hard.

He probably won’t recognise me when I get back and might be a bit scared when I hold him! I’ve come out here to do a job though and that will be my main focus.JM: I usually just snore my head off but I’m going to go about it different. I stayed awake for the first part of the flight to Dubai and got some early sleep at the start of the second leg, so I can sleep as normal at night in Australia.

Hopefully that can help me get over the jet lag a bit quicker because I struggled for a couple of days for the Samoa test.

Brothers in arms ✊🏿, born 05/7/17 06:51am. Mother and baby doing perfect!

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RL: It’s a 17-hour flight over to Perth – how will you deal with it and acclimatising to the time zone shift in Australia?

JM: I usually just snore my head off but I’m going to go about it different. I stayed awake for the first part of the flight to Dubai and got some early sleep at the start of the second leg, so I can sleep as normal at night in Australia.

Hopefully that can help me get over the jet lag a bit quicker because I struggled for a couple of days for the Samoa test.

RL: Do you think being part of the EPS and meeting up regularly this year makes these journeys easier because you know everyone better?

JM: Yeah definitely because you get more comfortable around the guys so that’s helped loads and having the mid-season test means it will be a quicker transition when we meet the NRL lads in Perth later.

RL: There’s a rumour that nobody wants to share a room with you!

JM: It’s just my snoring – I’ve had the problem since I was a kid. I had my tonsils taken out when I was 11 just to try and sort it but that didn’t work.

I’ve been with my missus about 11 years and we’ve lived together for eight years so she deals with it easy now – she’s used to it!

RL: And we’re going to be getting stuck in to the pre-tournament camp soon – what do you enjoy most?

JM: Just being around the boys, you obviously train hard and do a job, but you can’t replicate the changing room environment and being around the boys in any kind of job.

Elliot Whitehead and Josh Hodgson are two of the NRL lads I really get on with. Josh is always trying to wind me up. I played with Sam Burgess when I was a kid too in our local Kirklees team.

 

RL: What did you learn from the mid-season trip to play Samoa?

JM: It’s a completely different environment, especially playing at night because it was so humid.

When we were going out for the warm-ups it felt so hostile, you could feel a lot of the Samoan and Tongan fans who were really digging into us and it was really exciting. It stands us in good stead for the World Cup games because we’ll probably be the hated team as an ‘away side’.