LEROY CUDJOE has given himself a great chance of retaining his place in England’s starting line-up this weekend.
That’s the view of national coach Steve McNamara after the Giants centre’s two-try display in England’s 80-12 thrashing of Wales in Wrexham.
It was a display which puts Cudjoe (right) in a strong position to hold on to his spot for Saturday’s clash against France at Hull KR.
McNamara has yet to finalise his 17 for a contest that will be a dress rehearsal for the Autumn International final at Salford the following Sunday, but the former Giants skipper has revealed how impressed he has been by Cudjoe’s continued development and that he is firmly in the frame this weekend.
“We now boast a set of young, big, athletic backs, and Leroy’s obviously one of them,” said McNamara.
“The way he’s grown, particularly over the past few weeks and during our training camp in South Africa, has made a positive impression on everyone. The kid’s really starting to blossom and show a lot of the talent he’s got.
“He’s now been part of our systems for a couple of years and he continues to improve and develop all the time.
“It’s too early to say right now whether he’ll play on Saturday. Everyone who played against Wales impressed me and we’ve got others in the squad who missed out last weekend and deserve a shot, but Leroy did everything we could have asked of him and he’s certainly made another strong claim.”