Waterhouse hails 'world class' Westwood

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Ben Westwood has been backed to hold his own in the NRL

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Ben Westwood has been backed to hold his own in the NRL

Australian forward Trent Waterhouse reckons his Warrington team-mate Ben Westwood would not be out of place in the NRL.

Westwood, the England second rower who is set to return from injury for the Wolves' Super League play-off semi-final at St Helens this evening, is one of three players short-listed for the prestigious Man of Steel award after another hugely-impressive season.

"He's world class," former Penrith Panther Waterhouse said. "He'd get a place anywhere in the NRL. He's a big chance for Man of Steel for sure. We have missed him in the last couple of weeks so hopefully he will be back because that would give us a massive lift."

England team-mates Sam Burgess, James Graham and Gareth Ellis have all made a big impression with Australian clubs in the NRL.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old Waterhouse, who joined the Wolves on a three-year deal for the start of 2012, admits playing at Wembley and Old Trafford in his first season in England would represent a fairytale start to his Warrington career.

"I might just retire," quipped Waterhouse, who was in the Warrington team that beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup final and has already sampled the atmosphere of Old Trafford after seeing a Manchester United European match recently.

He added: "Wembley was out of this world and, if can get through this week, it would be very special.

"I went to Old Trafford for their Champions League game against Galatasaray and it was fantastic. I'm not a massive fan but I took my wife there and we loved it.

"The atmosphere was sensational. You can't help but think about what it would be like to play there. It would be an awesome experience. It's such a great stadium."

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