Watkins optimistic of Test triumph

Leeds Rhinos centre Kallum Watkins is targeting a superb year for club and country by winning his first ever Test series as a player in 2015.

Watkins watched on as a fan as Great Britain beat New Zealand in 2007, but now has the opportunity to taste success himself by beating the Kiwis this autumn.

And after securing the treble with Leeds, Watkins knows that England have a great opportunity to take Rugby League to the next level.

“It would be huge for the country and the sport in our country,” he said.

“We’ve been very, very close in the past couple of years we have now given ourselves the best chance of winning the series.”

Watkins paid tribute to the Rhinos for how they performed against the Kiwis last month in the one-off game between the teams, and said the club can be proud of what they achieved.

“They did themselves very proud. “That shows the season we have had at the club. The young fellas worked hard throughout the year, and they had opportunities around the back end as we have had injuries, so they will get experience and a lot of joy out of that.

“They tested New Zealand but they got tired in the end and they showed their class.

“Those lads will get time off now. “Soon after the Grand Final they had the week off, but then they came into train for that week.

“It’s been a long hard season for them and most are just talking about getting away and how good the year has been. But obviously that night was very special and we will take a lot from it.”