Wakefield Trinity Wildcats skipper Danny Kirmond may be disappointed not to be involved in the Rugby League World Cup, but he cannot wait for the competition’s big kick-off.
Kirmond’s performances throughout 2013, which resulted in him being picked in Super League’s Dream Team, put him in contention for a place in Steve McNamara’s England squad.
A spot failed to materialise but the 27-year-old has been caught up in the hype and he says the competition is all set to be a cracker.
“It’s been the most exciting build-up to a World Cup that I can remember,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of hype over it in the last few weeks.”
Kirmond was shocked to see England fall to defeat against Italy in Saturday’s warm-up game but says a competition opener against old foes Australia provides the perfect, if tough, chance to bounce back.
“It’s been a four-year preparation for this World Cup and England should expect to win those games,” he said.
“There are bigger games to come and it’ll be interesting to see how we react to it. There’s obviously been some negative publicity this week as well and it’s not come at a great time so we’ll see how they react.
“It’s going to be tough against Australia, they’re a side packed full of quality and they are pre-tournament favourites. It’s a hard opener but I suppose it’s the perfect game for England to react in.”
The ’Cats skipper will also be keeping an eye on other matches with the knowledge some players on show could well end up as potential team mates next term.
He said: “There are going to be plenty of players in the so-called lesser teams that will be looking to play in Super League and a club like ours can give them the perfect chance.”