Sutton relishing Nines concept

Raiders forward Ryan Sutton is soaking up the experience of training with the England team and been apart of the camp with the Rugby League World Cup Nines approaching.

Sutton admitted that his goal for 2019 was to play as best as he could for the Raiders and hopefully be rewarded with an international call up.

“Everyone has settled in, it’s been great in camp so far and I’m really looking forward to the rest of the week.”

“I’ve said it all along that it’s the pinnacle to play for your country in any sport. It’s a real honour for me to play alongside some of the great players that we have here in the England side.”

Sutton is tackled by Matt Scott and Jordan McLean of the North Queensland Cowboys.
Sutton is tackled by Matt Scott and Jordan McLean of the North Queensland Cowboys.

For Sutton and many of his teammates, the Nines concept is foreign to them however the Raiders forward is enthusiastic about the challenge ahead.

“It’s obviously a different concept which a lot of us have never played before. It’s exciting, it’s a lot quicker and there are fewer players on the field. It will be something different, obviously, we’ve been playing 13 a side for most of the year so for me and a lot of the other lads here in camp it will be great.”

Ryan Sutton in action for the Raiders against the Sharks in Round 14 of the NRL.
Ryan Sutton in action for the Raiders against the Sharks in Round 14 of the NRL.

Arriving into camp, Sutton was reunited with his former Wigan teammate George Williams. Williams will join the Raiders in 2020 to once again link up with Sutton who was thrilled to see his close mate again.

“It was good to see George, I laughed the other day when he came into camp with all his Rolex and designer gear on. I told him that no one in Canberra will know what all that is as I’ve had to learn the hard way (laughs).