Jordan Abdull can push his way back into England contention insists Hull KR boss
There’s no reason why Jordan Abdull should not be knocking on the doors of England on the international stage according to Hull KR head coach Willie Peters.
Abdull, 27, assisted three of his side’s four tries during their 24-10 victory over Salford on Thursday night.
All three of his try involvements came from the boot, while the half-back’s game management impressed boss Peters following the win.
“I wanted to chop his foot off in the first half, I didn’t think his kicking game was Jordan Abdull-like,” Peters joked.
“I think Sam Tomkins said that he’s the best kicker in the Super League, and there’s no doubt he’s up there amongst the best.
“But I was really happy with the way he managed the game in the second half. I thought his game management was world class in the second half.
“I thought it took him a little while to get into the game. And I’m sure he’d say the same thing. But once he got his groove and he got his kicking game where it needed to be, there’s no coincidence that we played better rugby off the back of it.”
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Abdull made his England debut – and his only appearance so far – back in 2021 in the 30-10 victory over France in Perpignan. He was named in the halves alongside Jonny Lomax and converted three tries.
The half-back was limited to just 13 appearances in 2022 ahead of the delayed 2021 World Cup on home soil due to quad injury sustained in the Challenge Cup against Huddersfield.
That saw him miss out on a potential place in Shaun Wane’s 24-man England squad. But Peters believes his playmaker could be knocking on the door once again in 2023.
“Jordan’s been there before, so why can’t he get there again?” Peters said.
“The only person stopping him is himself. He knows what he’s needed to work on and he’s definitely working on that now. What I’m most proud with Jordan is, he hasn’t missed a session in our pre-season. We set him some pretty high challenges which he has taken on every day.
“There’s no doubt that he can put himself in the picture.
“If he’s going to play like he did tonight in that second half, then England’s going to have a very good management half on their hands.
“There’s a lot of competition for spots, but can he put himself in the frame? Yes he can.”
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