16th October 2018, 14:28 | englandrl
Jamie Shaul has had a tough year for Hull FC, the Airlie Birds managed to reach the Super League Super 8s, but an eleven-game losing streak to finish the season left a sour taste for Lee Radford and his squad.
Shaul is delighted to be in the England Knights squad and has been called up to the senior squad against France on Wednesday before leaving for Papua New Guinea with the Knights squad.
“I’m really looking forward to it, I just found out that I’m playing, so I’m chuffed to bits and raring to go.
“When I got the call I was pretty shocked, as soon as I put the phone down I was just eager to come down and get a bit of training done with the boys.
“It was a disappointing season all together, it’s good to get a bit of recognition and be able to go on tour with the Knights.”
Shaul will be looking to learn as much as possible off coach Wayne Bennett and admits it’s a massive opportunity to play for England.
“He seems a good speaker and a little bit motivational, so I’m just going to pick up everything I can off him.
“It’s a big opportunity, you can’t be scared you’ve just got to do your best.
“Sometimes you get drawn in to previewing them (France) too much and worrying about them, but we don’t really know too much about them, so we’ve just got to concentrate on our own job.”
After the game on Wednesday Shaul will re-join the Knights squad, with the squad departing on Thursday for a three-week trip which includes two internationals against Papua New Guinea.
“I’m really looking forward to it, we fly Thursday, I think we go to Australia for a few days first so that will be good, and then to Papua New Guinea which will be an eye-opener.
“I think the Knights is a great thing, if you’re a young player to be able to go on tour and be in the environment of England and see how it works, it will make the transition to the first team a lot easier.”