14th November 2017, 11:28
McGillvary looking forward to "wrecking ball" Lo test
Jermaine McGillvary has praised Garry Lo ahead of the quarter-final clash between England and Papua New Guinea.
England winger Jermaine McGillvary has said it will be good to test himself against Garry Lo when Wayne Bennett's men take on Papua New Guinea this weekend.
Lo came into the World Cup after a remarkable season at the Eagles, scoring 38 tries in 30 games.
Castleford soon came calling and Lo will be going into pre-season with the reigning League Leaders Shield winners when the World Cup ends.
McGillvary talked about going up against the rising star, who has shone for PNG in front of boisterous Port Moresby crowds during the group stages.
The Huddersfield Giants speedster told the Press Association: “I’m hoping to play against him,”
“He’s having an outstanding tournament and that’s why I love being here, I want to test myself against the top players.
“He’s a young man who’s going to take Super League by storm next year. He’s a wrecking ball.
“It will be good to test myself against him and vice versa. I’ve played against a few wrecking balls, like Justin Carney, in my career. I always like the challenge.”
McGillvary has had a similar path to Lo. He made a name for himself in the Championship while on loan at Batley Bulldogs in 2009.
Just two years later saw him win the Albert Goldthorpe Rookie of the Year award after a superb season for Huddersfield.
The sky has been the limit for the powerhouse winger since then, making nine appearances for England and also winning the League Leaders Shield with the Giants.
It’s fair to say if Lo can follow in McGillvary’s footsteps, the Kumul will become one of the most successful imports from PNG in recent times.
Lo limped off in PNG’s final group game against the USA but he will be motivated to come back as strong as ever for the England match.
McGillvary and Lo could face each other on Sunday at 5am (GMT) as England and PNG meet in Melbourne.
The provisonal lineups have been announced this afternoon and they are as follows..
England: Widdop, McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall; Brown, Gale; Hill, Hodgson, Graham; S.Burgess, Whitehead, O'Loughlin
Interchange: Walmsley, T.Burgess, Currie, Roby
PNG: Mead, Olam, Ottio, Macdonald, Lo; A.Boas, W.Boas; Meninga, Segeyaro, Page; Martin, Minoga, Aiton/
Interchange: Baptiste, Amean, Albert, Griffin.
Written by Dan Fowler (with quotes originally posted on the Daily Mail via Press Association)