World Club Challenge: Kallum Watkins happy playing full-back for Leeds Rhinos

Last Updated: 23/02/13 11:20am

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Kallum Watkins: happy filling in at full-back against the Melbourne Storm

Kallum Watkins: happy filling in at full-back against the Melbourne Storm

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Leeds Rhinos centre Kallum Watkins would have no qualms at playing full-back in Friday's World Club Challenge against the Melbourne Storm at Headingley.

Head coach Brian McDermott will need to re-jig his back line for the visit of the NRL champions as regular incumbent Zak Hardaker has now been sidelined for a month with a broken thumb.

Watkins filled in in last week's Super League win over the Salford City Reds, although England international winger Ryan Hall is another who could do a job at full-back.

"Full-back is the position I played as an amateur and it's how I got picked up by Leeds," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.


"I have played it a few times in the first team as well and anywhere I can play to cover, I will do it.

"I am part of the team and I've got to do my best for it. Zak is a big loss, but if I have to play there, that's the way it is."

Watkins is set to play in his fourth World Club Challenge at the tender age of 21 and despite losing 18-10 to Melbourne at Elland Road in 2010 he believes the Rhinos can look forward to the match with optimism.

"Personally, last time against Melbourne it didn't work out for us, but we had a lot of opportunities to win that game," he continued.

"A few chances were bombed and that's the way it is, but I'm looking forward to Friday and getting out there and playing against them again.

"If we can win it'll be good for the game and good for our Super League, heading into the World Cup.

"We've got some good talent in England and Super League and at Leeds as well, so it'll be really decent if we can get a good result on Friday night and set a marker."

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