Wakefield Wildcats: Fox in the box for an England recall

Peter Fox in match action.
Peter Fox in match action.
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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ flying Fox hasn’t given up on an England recall.

Pacy winger Peter Fox revealed that he still harbours hopes of regaining his Test place after a three-year gap, but admits that scoring tries for his club is the key.

Fox made six appearances for England in 2008 and 2009 before dropping out of the international set-up.

The 27-year-old reckons he is getting his career back on track in his second spell at Wakefield and admitted that a return to Test rugby is his ultimate aim.

“I’d like to get my England place back,” admitted Fox, who was a try scorer in Wildcats’ defeat at St Helens last time out, a fortnight ago.

“Every English player wants to strive to be in that position. I was unfortunate I had a dip in form when I was at Hull KR and (England coach) Steve McNamara was right to leave me out.

Consistent

“Hopefully if I can keep being consistent and keep playing well I can get a place back in that set-up. But, realistically, I am just concentrating on Wakefield at the moment and playing well there and if an England chance came along that would be a bonus.”

Fox – a member of the Super League Dream Team in 2009 – began his career in Leeds Rhinos’ academy set-up before spells at York City Knights and Wakefield.

He then spent four seasons with Hull KR before returning to Rapid Solicitors Stadium last autumn, a move he feels has given him a new lease of life.

“I am really enjoying my rugby at the moment and I’m happy with the way I’m going,” he said.

“I have got a good partnership with Dean Collis and Richie Mathers as well. Richie is a good passing full-back and he put me in for a try in the last game – I am really enjoying playing with these players.”

Sunday’s visit of Warrington presents an opportunity for Fox and his team-mates to shine against one of the top sides in Stobart Super League.

“It’s a big game,” said Fox. “Obviously we haven’t had the best run at the start of the season, but if we want to be pushing for a top-eight spot it is a crucial game for us.

“When we went over there we put in a good performance. It was the game in which they scored a try on the seventh tackle, so we were a bit unlucky.

“If luck had gone our way we might have won it. We know what to expect from Warrington and we know that we have to be on the ball to even come close to beating them, but hopefully we can put in a similar performance to last time.”

Wildcats’ early Carnegie Challenge Cup exit gave them more than two weeks to prepare for Sunday’s game, following the loss at Langtree Park.

A win would give Wildcats’ lingering top-eight hopes a huge lift and Fox said: “Training’s gone really well.

“With not playing last week we’ve got no new bumps and bruises and we have prepared pretty well.

“We are feeling fresh and could have some players back, which would be brilliant for us.”

In contrast Warrington had a tough cup game at Catalan Dragons last Sunday and have also had to cope with the travel back from the south of France.

Fox said: “They are a good team and they need to be winning as well. If we were to beat them what a boost that would give us to kick on!

“We know we can’t be making silly errors and turning over possession at our end, like we have been doing.

“If we can fine-tune that, we can put some pressure on.

“We have to stay positive and believe in ourselves as a team and as a squad.

“We have got the capability to win games and if we win one or two, then, who knows?

“We still believe in what we are doing, but it is the cliche, one game at a time.”

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