England’s Victor Radley relishing battle with ‘tough-as-nails’ Tonga

ENGLAND loose-forward Victor Radley landed in England just ten days ago and admits it took him some time to get over the jetlag.

And the 25-year-old admits he needed a rest following a gruelling NRL season. 

“The few weeks off was probably beneficial for me,” he said. 

“I’m probably better now – maybe not fitness wise – but my body feels good and fresh and ready to go.

“It was a pretty tough game. I needed to blow those cobwebs out and get my second wind, but in my second stint I felt really good.”

Radley played majority of the match at loose-forward and had some crucial touches, although Tonga was relentless through the middle.

“They’re tough as nails mate, they’re just huge. As soon as we let them in the game and they got that first try, then we had a set where we only made ten metres,” he said.

“If you keep them fresh and they’re pumped up and they’re going, they’re going to be hard to stop.

“They’re a quality side and I’ve got no doubts it’s going to be on next week.

“We’ve only got a six-day turnaround so I think we will be guns blazing for next week.”