Roby tempted by Australia move
St Helens hooker James Roby fancies trying his hand in Australia’s National Rugby League.
The 24-year-old England international is considering following the lead of former Bradford Bulls forward Sam Burgess and ex-Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats second rower Gareth Ellis, who enjoyed instant success down under with South Sydney and Wests Tigers respectively.
England captain James Graham has been widely tipped to move to Australia when his contract runs out in 12 months, and Roby today revealed his own similar ambitions.
“I’d definitely consider it,” Roby said. “The same with James. We’ve both got one year left of our contracts at St Helens.
“It’s a different lifestyle and it’s nice to see how well Sam Burgess and Gareth Ellis have done. Sam’s a single lad and loves the media. He fits in so well and it’s perfect for him.
“But, on the other hand, you’ve got Gaz who has a young family and he has settled in as well. I’d definitely consider it even though I am happy at St Helens.”
Roby, who is expected to win his 16th cap against Papua New Guinea on Saturday, is staying on in Australia after the majority of the England squad fly back from Brisbane on Monday following their failure to reach the Four Nations final - to enjoy a family holiday.
“I’m staying out for some time,” said Roby, whose son turned three last Sunday. “My girlfriend and little lad are coming over. We’re going to stay for a couple of weeks and do some sightseeing.”
Before then, Roby is hoping England can end a disappointing campaign on a high with an emphatic victory over the Kumuls at Eden Park.
“It would be horrible to go home without winning a game,” he said. “Deep down, everyone knows if we don’t win this one, it’s been a really bad tour.
“We are going to give it our all. This is the last game of the season for everyone so we just need one last big effort.”