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Goodwin presses claims for Kiwis start

New Zealand centre Bryson Goodwin is feeling on top of the world after a roller-coaster 18 months in which he recovered from a ruptured spleen to be on the cusp of a World Cup starting spot.
Goodwin presses claims for Kiwis start
by AAP

ST HELENS, England, Oct 22 AAP - New Zealand centre Bryson Goodwin is feeling on top of the world after a roller-coaster 18 months in which he recovered from a ruptured spleen to be on the cusp of a World Cup starting spot.

"I'm just really pleased to be back representing New Zealand again," a beaming Goodwin said while speaking at a community meet-and-greet in St Helens.

"I'm trying to make the most of it and have a good time."

In May last year, while playing for Canterbury in the NRL, Goodwin wound up in hospital after a seemingly innocuous tackle.

He was bed-ridden for nearly a month and admits the thought of being in Europe the following year to defend the World Cup was completely off his radar.

"Not this time a year ago," Goodwin said.

"But once I started at Souths and started working with the coaches, they gave me a lot of confidence."

A switch to South Sydney this year and a move into the centres culminated in the rangy back's best season to date, as the Rabbitohs fell one game short of the grand final.

Goodwin's strong showings continued into New Zealand's 50-0 warm-up waltz past the Cook Islands last weekend, when the 27-year-old bagged two tries to press his claim for a starting spot.

"You have to play well each week otherwise there's someone to take your spot," he said.

"There's so much depth and talent in this squad, so we've got a good chance if we play well."

Manly's Dean Whare and Bulldogs star Krisnan Inu began the campaign with the inside running to start in the centres.

But Goodwin's form, utility value and goal-kicking will keep him in the forefront of coach Stephen Kearney's mind.

The centres are just one of the healthy selection headaches for Kearney, with plenty of competition among the wings and props.

New Zealand will train in St Helens this week ahead of their World Cup opener against what is expected to be a feisty Samoa side in Warrington on Monday morning (AEDT).


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