Westwood: Club form the key to England's RLWC2013 hopes
Warrington star Ben Westwood believes that the club form of England's players in 2013 will be a huge factor in their success at Rugby League World Cup 2013.
England are tipped by many to challenge tournament favourites Australia and title holders New Zealand for the right to call themselves world champions, and Westwood agrees that the hosts stand an excellent chance.
"It's an exciting year and I feel very privileged to be involved with the England set-up," said Westwood, a veteran of 14 caps for his country.
"The Super League competition is really growing in stature and there's going to be a lot of people looking to earn a place in the squad for Rugby League World Cup 2013.
"People's performance levels are going to rise and the challenge for each player is to make sure their levels rise too.
"I'm looking forward to that though and believe I can produce my best form ahead of the tournament."
Westwood is hotly tipped to play an integral for Steve McNamara's side this autumn, but the three-time Challenge Cup winner says he'll take nothing for granted.
"Nobody's place is guaranteed and that's great for England. I think it will raise standards across the board, as every player is capable of earning a shot.
"There's an opportunity to bring some youngsters through as well, but for me it's an opportunity to show what I can do and I'm hoping that 2013 can be my best year so far.
"But really, it's a case of performing well for Warrington," he continued.
"The World Cup is at the back of everybody's mind but we have to make sure that we're playing well for our clubs if the dream is to become a reality.
"It felt like a long pre-season, so it was great to get back playing, and the prospect of a World Cup after the play-offs makes it even sweeter."
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01, May, 2013