Roby prioritises Saints success

10 August 2017 21:28:26 GMTPlus10
James Roby.

St Helens star James Roby says ambitions of representing England in this autumn's World Cup are the furthest thing from his mind.

The hooker insists his full focus is on Saints as they team prepare for Friday's Super 8s clash with Hull FC.

Roby has been a mainstay of the England squad since making his debut in 2008, and is expected to be in the reckoning for selection in the tournament, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand after the end of the season.

But the former Super League Man of Steel insists that his focus remains on helping Saints to success in the Super 8s, and helping build on the team's growing momentum in recent weeks.

"I don't like to think of things like England. It's obviously in the back of my mind and knowing I might get the opportunity, especially with it being a World Cup year it's a big occasion and I've been lucky enough to play in the last two World Cup," said Roby.

"If I did get the chance it would be fantastic and almost definitely my last chance, but I'm just going to play as well as I can for St Helens and if I get in the squad I get in, if not I don't. I'm not banking on it."

Victory for Saints in tomorrow's match would see them go level of points with Hull FC in third place, and further strengthen their position in the top four, which would qualify them for the Super League play-offs.

But Roby is taking nothing for granted against the Airlie Birds.

"They're known to have a big pack and big outside backs who can do some damage," said Roby.

"They have some key players we need to keep an eye on. Marc Sneyd is very creative and Danny Houghton from dummy half can spot opportunities."

St Helens areĀ 1.36 to claim a win on Friday and Hull FC can be backed at 3.20.

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