GIANTS duo Stephen Wild and David Hodgson know Saturday’s Centenary Test is vital to their hopes of playing for Great Britain against New Zealand.
Both men have been confirmed in the starting line-up for the Northern Union in Saturday’s Centenary Test against the New Zealand All Golds.
Great Britain coach Tony Smith has dubbed the weekend clash the unofficial fourth Test, with Wild starting at loose-forward and Hodgson – the Giants’ new signing from Salford – on the right wing.
And with places up for grabs for the opening Gillette Fusion Test between the Lions and the Kiwis at the Galpharm on Saturday week, big performances this Saturday are critical.
“One of my goals at the start of the season was to play for Great Britain in the Test series against New Zealand,” said Wild, pictured.
“That’s obviously still very much on the cards.
“But the key will probably be down to the way I play on Saturday, and that’s clearly the case for everyone else as well.
“Because most of the players from Leeds and St Helens have been rested because of their involvement in last week’s Grand Final, we know competition for Great Britain places is going to be fierce.
“So, it’s up to me to play well on Saturday and make it difficult for Tony to leave me out the following week.”