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Victor Radley, England, Sydney Roosters, Rugby League World Cup, Shaun Wane

Roosters star Victor Radley has revealed his decision to represent England in New South Wales and Australia was based on “gut feeling”.

Radley will be playing for England at this year’s Rugby World Cup, turning his back on the green and gold and sky blue jersey.

The 24-year-old has met with coach Shaun Waney and RFL officials have confirmed that Radley has pledged his allegiance to England.

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As players cannot switch between Tier One nations (Australia, England, New Zealand), it means Radley is ineligible to represent Australia and New South Wales.

The Rochester striker will be eligible for England through his father Nigel, who hails from Sheffield.

“It was a very big decision. It took me eight weeks just to get on it and sit on it and make sure I made the right decision. “I talked to Shawn last week and it was the last time I finished,” Radley told Triple M.

“I’m very comfortable with my decision, everyone has their own opinion, but all my mates and family said it was for me.

I talked to Freddie[Brad Fittler]I have a lot of respect for him. I was lucky enough to be on the (blue) team for the II game and thought I’d just talk to Freddie out of respect and he was really honest and gave me good advice.

NSW Blues headshots. Victor Radley Picture: SubmittedSource: Submitted

“He was really honest with me and told me in the end it was my decision and he would support me, which was nice.

“I wanted to wait until Origins was over to make my decision because I was waiting to see if something signaled, I don’t know what, it was just that gut feeling and gut feeling that kept me going. For him.

“I couldn’t look away from it and my head was telling me a lot of things and people were telling me other things, but the feeling in my chest and gut, I had to go with it.”

Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Radley said representing England was something he had always wanted to achieve.

“I wanted to play for England for my senior year,” he said.

“Everybody wants to do right by their father, right?

“Dad is proud of where he’s from, proud of his family, proud to support Sheffield Wednesday.

“It was a feeling that this was what I wanted to do – and with the World Cup coming up in England later this year, it was now or never.

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“If I’d been sitting there watching the World Cup and knowing I was going to play for England, I wouldn’t have felt good.

During his trip to Australia this year, Wani kept a close eye on the English-qualified players in the NRL.

“I’ve always said I’m open to picking players who represent their English heritage – but they have to be fantastic and 100% committed to their position,” Wani said.

“I have the highest regard for Victor Radlin as a player, and he is a great addition to our options at a place where we have very strong competition.

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Victor Radle Jr. represented the Kangaroos in 2019. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“We need quality depth at every position, and Victor is a great addition to that.

“He has now joined the team we play in the NRL and will be part of our preparations for the World Cup.

If selected, we will be in regular contact with them to ensure they are ready to join our team, sharing a wealth of information.

Despite Radley’s lack of commitment to England, representing the Junior Kangaroos against France was not always a priority.

Also, when asked if he will play for England in 2019, he admitted that he is not something on the radar.

“I’d say no because I want to play Origin,” Radley told Brian Fletcher on Fox’s League of Fletch and Hindi.

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