Brett Hodgson hopes that Jake Connor is in the fray when Shaun Wane announces his squad for the World Cup on Tuesday. The full-back who featured previously under Wayne Bennett was left out of Wane’s elite training squad in 2020 but has begun the Super League season in sparkling form. In his new full-back role, Connor put up a man of the match performance in their win against the Salford Red Devils.
“I’m not sure what is in Shaun Wane’s mind but what I can say is that, if I was picking a team, he would be in,” Hodgson said. “He’s exceptional with the ball in his hands and on defence he’s improving every day.”
Connor created early tries for Andre Savelio and Josh Reynolds but was forced to play as half after both Reynolds and Marc Sneyd limped off midway through the third quarter. The injuries took the shine off the victory but neither has been ruled out for their Challenge Cup tie with Featherstone Rovers.
“Losing a couple of players didn’t help but the way they stuck together really pleased me,” Hodgson said. “I thought in the first half we made it difficult for ourselves because we didn’t ice a couple of opportunities. We have to learn to be patient and earn the right to play attacking rugby.”