13th December 2018, 16:31
"I FEEL LIKE I AM GROWING AS A PLAYER THE MORE I PLAY" - OLIVER WILSON AHEAD OF SECOND TEST
Bradford Bulls youngster, Oliver Wilson has called his involvement in the England Academy’s series against the Australian Schoolboys as a perfect end to the 2018 season.
Wilson described his England call-up as a real honour and believes it will aid his development as he looks to achieve even more in his early career.
At just 18 years of age, Wilson has drawn comparisons to greats of the game such as Jamie Peacock due to his late development, now given his chance, he is hoping to grow from strength to strength.
“The call-up really topped my year off, it’s an honour to play for your country and against such prestigious opponents as well, I couldn’t think of a better way to end the year,” said Wilson
“Pulling on the England jersey is such a proud and special moment, it is something I genuinely feel humbled to do.
“You learn so much through these camps with the different mix of players and coaches you’re involved with, there is a good group of props here, so I’ve picked up a few skills from them.
“I feel like I’m growing as a player the more games I play and the more I’m involved in different environments. I was a late bloomer, so I know I still have a lot to give and work on.
“To be compared to players such as Peacock is unbelievable, he is one of the greats of the game so to be mentioned alongside him is again just a real honour for me.
“There is a very long way to go before I am even close to his achievements but that is the level that I’m aiming to get to.”
England leads the series 1-0 following their 14-8 win over the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village last week.
Despite their lead, Wilson has claimed the side has remained grounded and focused on the task in hand as they look to become just the third England academy side to whitewash the Aussies.
“We’re a really close-knit group so after the win last weekend there was a real buzz between us all but we knew we’d only done half a job.
“It was most important that none of us fell in love with ourselves we know what is at stake so we couldn’t celebrate too much, we’ve been training hard to make sure we can grab that win.
“Australia will be a better team this week, they have nothing to lose so will come out all guns firing and we’ll be expecting that.”