Josh Addo-Carr’s controversial State of Origin dumping hasn’t fuelled the speedster’s hunger for a maiden World Cup jumper.
As the Bulldogs winger with the game’s most beloved laugh – perhaps bar Johnathan Thurston’s – puts it, he’s always had “too much pride” in the Kangaroos.
Addo-Carr has pulled on the Kangaroos jumper for two Tests, against New Zealand and Tonga in 2019, and is now gunning for selection in Australia’s World Cup side.
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New South Wales coach Brad Fittler sprung a selection shock when he axed Addo-Carr for Roosters flyer Daniel Tupou this year.
But representing Australia means so much to the 27-year-old that he did not need any more motivation in his bid for Kangaroos selection.
“The hunger was always there. It’s something that every player in the NRL wants to be a part of, whether you play for Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand … you always want to be a part of a World Cup team, representing your country,” Addo-Carr told Wide World of Sports.
“My hunger didn’t change (after the Origin sacking).
“It’s unfortunate I didn’t make it, but I’ve moved on quite quickly and had to do what I did.
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“Hopefully I do get picked and get the opportunity to put the Aussie jersey on. It’s something that everyone wants to do and it’s the pinnacle … it’s a special team to be a part of, knowing that you’re representing your whole country, a country we all love, and representing your family at the same time.”
Addo-Carr had a breakout season in 2017, scoring 23 tries in his first year at Melbourne.
But Australia’s primary wingers for the end-of-year World Cup were Dane Gagai and Valentine Holmes, with Tom Trbojevic and Josh Mansour also getting a run.
Addo-Carr is expected to be contending with fellow wingers Murray Taulagi, Selwyn Cobbo and Corey Oates for Kangaroos selection.
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“I’ve never been to England before, I’ve never had the opportunity to go to England,” Addo-Carr said.
“And I’ve always wanted to win a World Cup. I haven’t been a part of a World Cup, as well … I want to win one. That’s something I haven’t achieved yet, so it’s something I want to be a part of.”
Former Storm teammate Cameron Munster is all but confirmed to wear Australia’s No.6 jumper.
“I’m really good mates with Cam … it’d be good to lace the boots up with him again and play some good footy with him,” Addo-Carr said.
“We’ve had some great memories as teammates but as good friends at the same time. It’d be good to lace up with him … with all the boys actually.”
Matt Burton, a Canterbury teammate of Addo-Carr’s, will likely be included in the Australian squad.
Burton played at five-eighth and Addo-Carr on the left wing as Australia thrashed Papua New Guinea in a Prime Minister’s XIII clash in Brisbane on Sunday night.
“He’d fit right in,” Addo-Carr said.
“He proved himself in Origin. Massive game. Everyone watches that across the world, so (there’s) a lot of pressure (with) putting on an Origin jersey.
“I have no doubt if you chuck him in the Aussie team he would do a job for the team.”
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