Having got himself into the England squad for the Four Nations tournament this Autumn, Kris Welham would love to turn out for his country when they tackle the Kiwis in his home city.

The 24-year-old was in prolific try-scoring form throughout most of 2011 and admits that the thought of running out in front of family and friends at the KC Stadium on November 12th is an appealing one.

“If I get the nod, that will be a massive achievement in itself but playing in my home city would be amazing,” he said. “It’d the perfect opportunity for all the family to come and support me and hopefully a lot of the Rovers fans would get their tickets and come down and support me as well.  That would make it extra special and an experience I would never forget.”

Welham has been with the England squad since Rovers’ campaign finished. Being around the senior members of the squad is an invaluable experience for the rookie centre and one that he’s enjoying already.

“We had a couple of camps during the season but now we have finished at Rovers for the year, we were with England last week and this week,” he added.  “There hasn’t been many of us though.  We started with six the first week, then twelve the second and now this week that number has gone up to 18.

“The reason being is that the squad has gradually got bigger as more teams get knocked out the competition and next week we will have the lads from Wigan and Warrington. So as soon as everyone gets back together we will then go into a proper camp and go away for a couple of weeks.   

“There’s a lot of experience kicking around and a lot to be learnt, which is a massive benefit of being there.”