Alex Johnston could hardly believe that he had been selected in Tim Sheens’ ANZAC Test side to take on the Kiwis in what will be the Souths Juniors’ Test debut.
“I’m excited – a bit nervous as well,” said Johnston.
“This is a dream come true. Everyone dreams about pulling on the Australian jersey and I’m just going to try and play my best.”
Johnston credited his Rabbitohs teammates for his rise to Test ranks, with the 2014 Club leading try-scorer recalling the moment he was told about his selection after yesterday’s (Sunday’s clash with the Raiders in Cairns.
“After the game we were in the sheds after a disappointing loss,” recalled Johnston.
“Madge got the boys together and (as) a bit of a side of that game, announced that I was in the side. They all came up, gave me a hug, shook my hand – I couldn’t have done it without the boys. Definitely I owe a lot to them.”
Johnston will play alongside Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis in the side, with GI set to play in the centres pending the fitness of fullback, Billy Slater. Should Inglis play in the centres, he could form a deadly combination with Johnston on the Australian flanks.