Jamie’s relishing shot at Aussies

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FIVE-TIME Grand Final winner Jamie Jones-Buchanan will “tick another box” when he takes to the Wembley pitch for England against Australia tomorrow.

The Leeds Rhinos back-rower has never played against the Aussie Test side and admitted that is one of the few remaining unfulfilled ambitions in his glittering career.

“Playing against Australia is one of the boxes I’ve not ticked yet,” said Jones-Buchanan, who has finished top of the table twice, won five championships and two World Club Challenges for Leeds.

“The last two are winning the Challenge Cup and playing against Australia. I have been fortunate to achieve a fair few things in my career, but playing against them and testing yourself against some of the best players in the world is a great privilege.

“When we lined up against Wales last week for the national anthems, the mascot – who’s a Knight Templar – stood next to me and that was quite emotional.

“We don’t have knights any more, but chance to represent your country in a battling game like Saturday will be is as close as you can get to that.”

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