Our young outside backs show future of rugby league is in safe hand: Huddersfield Giants coach Nathan Brown

PROUD Australian Nathan Brown knows the future of British rugby league is in good hands – if the Giants’ victory at Super League champions Leeds Rhinos is anything to go by.

PROUD Australian Nathan Brown knows the future of British rugby league is in good hands – if the Giants’ victory at Super League champions Leeds Rhinos is anything to go by.

The Huddersfield chief watched his side return to the top of the Super League XVII table with a thoroughly deserved 22-12 Headingley triumph.

At the heart of the Giants’ success was the work of the side’s young outside backs.

With Greg Eden at full-back and Leroy Cudjoe, Luke George, Jermaine McGillvary and Luke George in the three-quarters, the average age of the Giants strike players at the back is just 22!

The Leeds’ back line wasn’t that much older either, with Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Ben Jones-Bishop, Lee Smith and Kallum Watkins occupying the Rhinos’ positions on the night.

And Brown believes that bodes well for the future.

“From our own point of view, going there and winning was a great achievement for us and a victory to savour,” said Brown.

“But what was also a real highlight for me on the night was watching the young outside backs we had on show. Our two clubs have the best there are in the game.

“Theirs are very good and ours are very good, and they’re all British and they’re all young.

“I’m sure (Leeds coach) Brian McDermott wouldn’t want to swap any of his players, and I certainly know I wouldn’t swap any of mine for anyone.

“Our two clubs are extremely fortunate to have young players of this quality in our squads, and that’s good for the game going forward and for the game at the very highest international level.”

 
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