Harry Kidd has his sights firmly set on a place in the England universities World Cup squad.
Image courtesy of Lewis Mitchell
The All Golds prop has been in fine form this season and says his ultimate goal will be to force his way into the England squad to travel to Australia later this year.
Kidd, who scored two tries in the 36-28 win over North Wales Crusaders last weekend, says he’s concentrating on putting in good performances for the All Golds which should put him in line for selection for England. He said: “I’m really enjoying my rugby at the moment. We’ve had some great wins so far this season and we’re looking to carry on our good form. Beating teams like Keighley and Workington is fantastic but we know we can’t rest on our laurels, there’s some massive games coming up that we need to win.”
Kidd has enjoyed plenty of game time this season and has popped up with some crucial tries, none more so than the one he scored at Workington in the quarter final of the League 1 Cup. “The win at Workington was great. No one gave us much of a chance so to go all that way and beat them was a real achievement. We didn’t do ourselves justice in the semi-final but we bounced back to form last weekend with a huge win against Crusaders. To score two tries against a quality team like the Crusaders was great, I couldn’t have done it without the help of my team mates though.
“This season has been great. We’ve had some really good wins and all the lads are working hard for each other. Playing alongside your mates is great. Team spirit goes a long way in rugby league, you don’t want to let your mate down. It’s shown this season that we’re a close knit team. You don’t beat teams like Workington and Keighley without working hard for each other.”
The UGRL captain has had a busy time of it of late. After playing for the All Golds last Saturday he turned out for England universities on Wednesday in their game against the Armed Forces. Despite being on the wrong end of a 22-10 score line Kidd says it was a good opportunity to show what he can do. “We didn’t get the result we wanted but to get good game time was the main thing. I’m working really hard to put myself in line for selection for the World Cup. It would be amazing to play in Australia. It would be the highlight of my career so I’m giving it everything I’ve got.”
Kidd praised the efforts of the All Golds off field team, from the coaches to the physio. “We’re very lucky at the All Golds to have such a fantastic off field team. The coaching staff are top quality and James the physio makes sure we’re at our physical peak week in week out.”
Looking ahead to Sunday’s game at Coventry Kidd says his team will need to be at their best if they’re to come away with the two points. “Coventry are a decent team. We know we’ll have turn up and play our best. They’ve got some big forwards that will take some stopping. It’s another big game, we’re looking forward to it.”