11th November 2017, 18:28 | englandrl

INSIDE CAMP: with Scott Taylor

INSIDE CAMP: with Scott Taylor

Scott, you will be making your World Cup debut on Sunday, are you nervous?

Not nervous, just really excited. I get my first taste of the World Cup after a pretty long four weeks. Obviously, it’s disappointing not to play in the first few games but I’ve been training as hard as I can to get this chance.

I want to put my name in the hat for the quarter-final next week.

Did you receive many messages from home when the squad was announced?

Yes, lots. The squad was announced over-night here so I woke up to lots of well-done messages.

All of the family were buzzing and I’m more happy for them because they’re desperate to see me play in this World Cup.


We've been on tour for four week now, you seem to be enjoying yourself.

We’re all here to do a job but it’s also about building spirits. It’s been said a few times, but it definitely feels like a club atmosphere in camp, all of the staff and players are really close.

I can honestly say that there isn’t one person who has pulled themselves away from the group. Everyone’s in it together and we have a good laugh. You need to when you’re on tour for this long!

When it gets serious we know how to switch it on. Some of the training sessions I’ve done here are the toughest I’ve experienced in my life.

Are there any funny stories from camp that you can tell us?

The biggest story at the moment is ‘haircutgate’. The barbers over here are not on our level. The two lads who have had the biggest shock were Luke Gale and Ryan Hall.

I feel really sorry for them because they got butchered! We now refer to them as Pat and Terry Butcher. Jamie Peacock warned us all before we flew out to get a haircut that would last eight weeks.


When are we going to see the next GoPro diary chapter?

You have to hit me up. The lads are sick of seeing ‘Tag Cam’. I’ll do them as and when but I don’t want to feel like I’m only out here to do that! After I’ve ripped in on Sunday, I’ll make sure there’s a new episode in Melbourne.

How was the trip to Rottnest Island the other day? Was everyone on shark watch?

It was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on and we were all definitely on shark watch. Some of the boys have now got an app on their phone that notifies them when there’s been a shark sighting in the area.

I was out on a paddle board the other day in an area where a shark has been spotted which I didn’t know about!


There are plenty of Hull FC fans out here – are you letting them all know where you are?

There’s loads in Perth. I’ve been bumping into people I haven’t seen for years. It’s great to see that Rugby League is spread all over the place.

I reckon there’ll be lots at the game on Sunday. To be stopped in the street by Hull FC fans over here is craz

You’ve been getting stick for being a ‘Brit Abroad’, is there any truth in this?

It’s 100 per cent true and I wouldn’t want to be known as anything different. I’m not going to change the way I speak like some of the lads have over here.

The biggest and most disappointing player to change is Hull lad, Josh Hodgson. He’s only been in Canberra for a couple of years and already he’s saying things like frozen yoghurt (ice cream), soccer (football) and thongs (flip flops). This has hurt me real deep!