17th December 2018, 12:20 | englandrl
Wigan Warriors forward Morgan Smithies admits it's a dream come true to have been part of England Academy's 2-0 Series win at Emerald Headingley on Friday night.
Two tries by Jack Welsby and ten points from the boot of Harry Smith helped secure an 18-6 win, with loose forward Smithies, who turned 18 last month, impressing in both attack and defence throughout a near-full game performance
"It feels amazing to have won the series," he said.
"Ever since I was a kid I've always wanted to be part of a team that's beaten Australia because not many teams do it.
"It's a brilliant feeling, a dream come true.
"A lot of preparation has gone into it," he added.
"We focused on ourselves and being united and that's what got us the win, sticking together.
"We're absolutely a close knit bunch now. from that first session when we got together we spoke about how important it was to be a team and not just individuals."
Smithies began his Rugby League career aged seven at Halifax club Siddal, and has grown used to winning over the years.
He now has his sights set on a senior debut for Wigan in 2019.
"It all started for me when i was seven years old at Siddal, and ever since then I've just loved Rugby League," he said.
"We won the National Cup at under 14s, then at under 16s as an under 15s team, before winning the 16s cup again a year later.
"We only ever lost a couple of games in all my time there so I absolutely loved it.
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"I was lucky enough to captain Brooksbank to Champion Schools titles as well before I got a scholarship at Wigan when I was 16.
"I've just signed for another two years at Wigan and I'm really enjoying myself.
"For 2019, I just want to keep progressing and hopefully make a first team debut.
"Hopefuly, if I just keep working hard, my chance will come."