13th December 2018, 15:33 | englandrl

Mustapha ready for 'extra special' Headingley test

Mustapha ready for 'extra special' Headingley test

The Nigerian-born prop is 'ready' for Friday.

Leeds Rhinos forward Muizz Mustapha came off the bench as England pulled off a 14-8 win over the Australian Schoolboys in Leigh on Saturday.

And he admits it would be extra special to complete a series whitewash at the home of the Rhinos, Emerald Headingley, tomorrow night.

"It felt amazing to get one over Australia on Saturday," he said.

"I can't really describe how it felt when the final whistle went.

"I felt very emotional wearing the shirt and singing the national anthem. I felt a lot of pride but mostly I was just really honoured to put an England shirt on and represent my nation against Australia - it was an incredible feeling.

"To do it again at Headingley, if selected, would be amazing."

Nigerian-born Mustapha began his Rugby League journey with Hunslet Warriors and made his senior debut on loan at Featherstone Rovers as they crushed Leigh Centurions 42-10 in the 2018 Championship Shield Final at the LD Nutrition Stadium in October.

The prop or second rower, who took on Australia in the colours of Yorkshire during a warm-up match earlier in December, emerged from the bench 27 minutes in during the first Schoolboys test, helping inspire a England to a 14-0 lead just after half time.


He said: "When I came off the bench I was just thinking about how I can affect the game and make an impact - how I could raise the level of our pack and help us get the win.

"Luckily it seemed to work because we ended up getting over the line in the end.

"It's a great group of players to be part of and I'm really enjoying the experience.

"It would be amazing to represent England at Headingley on Friday," he added.

"That fact it's at the home of the club where I play would make it extra special. I feel ready. It would be great to make it 2-0 with the Leeds fans cheering us on."

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