Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Expert View Being [.] ; England Rugby League Player Liam Farrell's Take on the 2013 World Cup

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Expert View Being [.] ; England Rugby League Player Liam Farrell's Take on the 2013 World Cup

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BEING part of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup is proving to be just an amazing experience.

I would give anything to be in the England team playing France in the quarter-finals at Wigan on Saturday.

We have every incentive to progress and take another major step closer to the final.

As a Wigan player and as a Wigan lad, to represent my country at the DW Stadium is the kind of thing you dream about.

I got a taster last weekend against Fiji at Hull and I loved it.

This is a great squad to be part of, the facilities are first class and we are well looked after.

Our preparation both before and during the tournament has been so good.

We will certainly not be underestimating the French in Saturday's quarter-final.

I guess it will be just like a Super League clash with the Catalans.

Believe me, these can be very tough and uncompromising games. France a also are big, physical side and we know what to expect.

Wigan have done we ll against the Catalans because we have not allowed the opposition to dominate in the forwards.

I guess the same approach may be needed this weekend if we are to overcome France.

To be involved at this level is a great honour - it's what you strive for.

I have also enjoyed watching the World Cup games.

It is so good and so encouraging to hear rugby league being talked up like never before.

We seem to have crossed new boundaries and that's great.

Warrington's Chris Hill was a stand-out player for England against Australia. He helped provide a really good platform.

Chris turned in a very strong performance and took the game to the opposition.

We started very strongly against Australia.

Brett Ferres has also done well considering he only came into the squad late on. He has been playing really well. My Wigan team-mate Sam Tomkins has also shone so far.

I feel Sam is making sure the World Cup allows him to show exactly what he is capable of ahead of his move to play for Auckland in the NRL next year. …

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