Dream chance for Farrell

Liam Farrell strides over for a try against North Wales Crusaders
Liam Farrell strides over for a try against North Wales Crusaders

LIAM Farrell’s birthday certainly came early this week!

The forward earned a dream England call-up on Sunday morning – the day before he turned 22.

And he is poised to continue his rapid-rise by making his national debut against the Exiles at Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium.

Farrell said: “I’m really looking forward to it, I can’t wait.

“The call came out the blue. Steve McNamara called me last Sunday morning – I was actually in bed and missed his call!

“I called him back as soon as I heard the voicemail.

“It’s been a good experience, being in the squad with the lads.” Farrell, who has been named on the substitutes’ bench for the game, only made his Wigan debut in 2010 but has already won a Grand Final and a Challenge Cup.

He was in stunning form against Bradford last Friday and the former St Pat’s amateur is desperate to take his change on the big stage tonight, after being drafted in following a string of withdrawals.

He added: “I’m under no illusions. Gareth Hock and Sean O’Loughlin are world class backrowers, and I know it would be a hard spot to get if they were here.

“The backrow is probably where we have most strength – not only at Wigan, but in England.

“But I’ve got my chance now and I want to show what I can do. I realise I’m not a young lad pushing for a bench spot any more, and I want to make the most of this chance.”

Farrell, whose younger brother Connor is touring Australia this month with the England academy, is joined in the national team by Warriors team-mates Josh Charnley, who starts on the wing, and substitute Lee Mossop.

The Exiles have Epa Lauaki in their starting line-up.