Wood Called UpPaul Wood received a surprise call up for the GB squad against Australia in the upcoming Ashes Series in November. Wood is a hardworking prop or second row forward, who has made his mark in the first team this season. Paul is a determined and spirited player; this spirit has been epitomised by his tackling ability. A superb one-on-one defender who has honed his attacking skills and has been a consistent and has been recognised for his abilities in the OPTA stats this season.CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR CALL UP, WAS IT A SURPRISE?I couldn't believe it and its still sinking in. I was hoping to get selected for England A, like I did last year and I was determined to make it into the playing 17 this time round. But, to make it into the GB squad was unimaginable. When David Waite phoned me I thought it was one of my mates prank calling me. Hope I wasn't too rude!WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO GAIN FROM THE EXPERIENCE?I am looking forward to being coached by David Waite and to working alongside Andy Farrell, Barrie McDermott, Paul Sculthorpe, who are all big names in the sport. I am hoping to come away from the Ashes Series with a lot of experience and good advice from the coaching staff and players. If I make it into the playing 17, it will be a bonus and a dream come true. I can't wait.LOOKING BACK ON YOUR SEASON AT WARRINGTON THIS SEASON, HOW HAS IT GONE FOR YOU?Well after getting selected for England A last year, but not playing it made me really look at my game and I feel that my attitude to training and playing has intensified under Paul Cullen. I really look to him for advice and guidance on my game and I feel a big difference in my game under him. I don't think I would have made it this far if it hadn't been for Paul. Every week either Paul or a member of the coaching staff as gone over my match videos with me assessing my performance and helping me to correct mistakes. There is a tremendous support base at the club and I don't think I could have achieved the call up with out them.WHAT ARE YOR PLANS FOR YOUR FUTURE?I am still in talks with Warrington and I would love to stay here, I have come up through the Academy system and I am very settled here and feel I have a lot more to gain and give under Paul.My next plan is to get on a plane to Spain and begin my GB campaign. I am so excited!
22, Oct, 2003