Graham expecting top quality opposition for England

Canterbury and England prop James Graham has admitted he’s expecting England to be seriously tested from both of their opponents in this autumn’s upcoming international programme.

England will kick off their action with a game against France next weekend at Leigh, before embarking on a three-Test series against the best Test side in the world, New Zealand.

And despite England being heavy favourites to beat France and then facing an under-strength New Zealand side, Graham is expecting the very best from both to push England all the way.

“International Rugby League is what every player wants to be involved in at the end of the season,” said Graham.

“It’s been a tough year for me and quite a few of the lads in camp but that all gets put to one side when you represent your country. Playing at this level against France and New Zealand not only excites me but many other people who come together to get behind their country.

“The noise levels seem to go up a few notches at these games, everyone wants to be a part of the big events.

“We’re playing a strong France team who will give us a good test and the current best team in the world in a three-match series, the quality of Rugby League on show is going to be amazing.”