Kangaroos Coach, Tim Sheens, named three Rabbitohs in his Four Nations squad for the upcoming tournament today (Tuesday) at NRL Central in the form of Greg Inglis and debutants Alex Johnston and Dylan Walker.
For Souths Juniors Walker and Johnston – who claimed the John Sattler Rookie of the Year award in 2013 and 2014 respectively – selection comes just two years after representing the Australian Schoolboys together.
Since making his debut in round eight of this season, Johnston became the Rabbitohs' top try-scorer, bagging 21 tries in 18 matches, including one in the Grand Final against the Bulldogs.
Walker built on his debut season in 2014 by earning selection for City and capping off the year with a Premiership ring alongside Johnston.
Sheens was full of praise for his two Rabbitohs selections when he spoke to Rabbitohs.com.au today.
“Dylan and Alex have come through on great form and a great season – a breakout season for young Alex – and Dylan has shown over the last 18 months that he was going to get there,” said Sheens.
“I’m really looking forward to working with them. They’re an exciting pair and I think GI (Greg Inglis) will be keen to work with them as well.”
“Obviously they play together and would know each other’s games, so that doesn’t hurt,” said Sheens.
“But it’s not the only reason – they were picked on their form. But the fact that it’s a combination does help a little bit if they are thrown in. It’s hard to say whether it will come together at some stage.
“I think both boys will just be happy to get a game, but if it’s next to one another, well that’d be an added bonus I suppose.”
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