Leeds Rhinos assistant coach Chris Plume says young full-back Ashton Golding has all the “talent to succeed” after showing his class against the Australian Schoolboys.
Golding was man-of-the-match as Rhinos Under-19s pushed the revered tourists all the way in a 38-24 defeat on Tuesday night.
The 18-year-old, who made his Super League debut at London Broncos in August and hopes to push on further in 2015, scored one try and proved a real threat.
Plume said: “Ashton was our Under-19s Player of the Year and he showed against the best in the world he has the talent to succeed; he never stops running from the back and is always looking to beat the man.
“There’s still some subtleties in his game he needs to learn but he’s working hard in pre-season and constantly looking to better himself, a great quality for a young player.”
Golding is one of four Leeds players in the England squad that faces the Australian Schoolboys again in the first Test at Leigh on Saturday, Elliot Minchella, Ash Handley and Robbie Ward the others.
Plume added: “We are immensely proud of all four lads. Hopefully they can go one better this weekend and get the win over the Australians; it should be a great contest.”