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Raiders backrower Hudson Young was rewarded for his stellar second half of the season with a selection to the Kangaroos’ expanded roster.
Coach Mal Meninga has informed players whose NRL seasons have ended that they have been selected for Australia’s squad ahead of the World Cup.
That squad will be reduced to 24 players as the Kangaroos seek to retain the World Cup they won in 2017, with the tournament due to start in England on October 15.
“I was quite surprised to be included in this extended team, it’s a really big thing for me and my family,” Young told the Fox League Podcast.
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“I still consider Australia the pinnacle of Origin, playing and representing your country is the greatest honor ever.
“Obviously playing for the Blues is a huge achievement, but I still see it as trying to play for Australia. I just think representing your country is the best thing you can do for your family and yourself. .
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Young spent some time in the NSW Cup earlier this year before breaking out in career-best form in the second half of the season for Canberra.
The 24-year-old scored 10 tries from round 15 and recorded an astonishing 43 tackle breaks in the same span.
Young believes he had the best season of his fledgling career thanks to a personnel change at the Raiders over the summer.
“It just depends on how you prepare. I felt like I had a really good off-season that turned into a really good pre-season,” he said.
“We had new coaches this year in Jeremy Hickman and Blake Duncan and they had new philosophies and different ways of training and I feel like that really helped my style of play.
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“I’m not a big distance runner, my game revolves around speed and that kind of stuff, so I feel like that helped my game.
“I probably slacked off my foot a bit when I hurt my toe in the first round, wore it for two weeks, then got an injection and Sticky said to have the game against Melbourne and I returned to the Cup for a game against the bears.
“Luckily Elliott Whitehead had a knock in training and I was able to play the following week. It was the worst I’ve ever seen, he had four teeth coming out of his head and he still wanted to play .
Joseph Suaalii, Ben Hunt, Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Harry Grant, Angus Crichton, Lindsay Collins, Jake Trbojevic, Daly Cherry-Evans, Pat Carrigan and Payne Haas have all reportedly been included in the extended Kangaroos squad.
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