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Giants | Roberts' Ireland World Cup squad hopes

Huddersfield back row forward Ollie Roberts reveals he hopes to make the Ireland World Cup squad at the end of the season, after he has helped the Giants compete in the Super 8s.

"To reach the top 8 from where we were would be a tremendous achievement.  Being in that bottom four last year was awful, so to secure a place in the Super 8s would be a big weight off our shoulders.

"Slowly but surely this club is getting back to where it used to be.  A few new players coming in and the players starting to gel together nicely.  We are starting to play some good rugby.  We are not the perfect team but we are still learning and getting there."

Roberts signed for the Giants in 2014 after leaving Bradford and has become a regular part of Rick Stone's squad.  The 22-year-old feels that is helping his game:

"I am always learning - you are never the finished product.  I feel I have pushed on this year, playing in the back row more and getting more 80 minutes game.

"I have learnt a lot from Rick, Ukuma Ta'ai, Leroy Cudjoe and Jermaine McGillvary.  Tom Symonds has been a big help to me on and off the field.

"Hopefully we can get the win we need on Friday and get ourselves in the top 8.  If we can do that there is no reason we can't kick on in the Super 8s. 

"Rick has brought a new culture to the club and a bit of a different approach.  It's helped us a lot.  We had a rocky start but now we have gelled and bought into what Rick wants it's helped us a lot."

With the World Cup at the end of the season, Roberts is hoping to play a part with Ireland:

"I would like to kick on and play a part and getting into that Ireland squad is my goal.

"It would make my granny, grandad and my family very proud.  The opportunity of playing against the high profile stars at the world cup and holding my own is something I would really like to do.

"I am still learning and have a lot more to learn, I am only 22 and want to push on and learn more and become a season long player."

 

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