Hull FC's Tom Briscoe 'must make mark' for England to win World Cup place
HULL FC winger Tom Briscoe admits he must make a big impact on his recall to the England side this weekend as he fights to make a starting spot his own.
The Black and Whites' star is facing a fierce battle with Wigan's Josh Charnley and Leeds' Ryan Hall to impress coach Steve McNamara ahead of next year's World Cup.
Charnley – who first burst onto the scene at Craven Park during an impressive loan spell at Hull KR in 2010 – has stolen a march on Briscoe over the past 12 months.
Ending the season as Super League's top try scorer with 31, the Wigan man crossed four times in last weekend's romp over Wales, whilst Hall also grabbed a brace.
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Briscoe admits that has turned up the pressure on him to deliver should he be handed an expected recall in his home city against France on Saturday.
"It's great that we have three players fighting it out for two spots, and I can see this battle going on right the way through next season in Super League, through the Exiles clashes and then to the World Cup," Briscoe told the Mail.
"However, Josh and Ryan have already made a great case for themselves as they both played well last weekend and scored tries.
"I now have to take my chance and do as well, if not better than them, to secure my spot for the final.
"At present I am not looking towards the World Cup. My focus is on doing well on Saturday and hopefully securing a place for myself the following weekend."
Briscoe, 22, faces possibly the biggest year of his career next season at Hull FC.
Entering the final year of his deal, many expect him to seek a move to play in the NRL.
Hull owner Adam Pearson has already said an offer of 'huge money' will be made in a bid to keep him at the KC Stadium, but Briscoe insists he has not yet come to any decision over where his future lies beyond 2013.
"I am not thinking about the end of next year at all, I just want to make sure I play good rugby next season from the start.
"We have a really exciting squad at Hull, and although we have missed out on signing Scott Prince, we have the quality in the side and play-makers to ensure I should get plenty of scoring chances.
"Next year is a big year for me because, as I have already said, there is strong competition for wing places in the England squad, and I want to be playing in my first World Cup.
"I ended last season well with seven tries in my last four games, and I felt I found my form in the final two thirds of the season, so I have to build on that."
Briscoe is not used to being cheered on when visiting east Hull, home of Hull's bitter city rivals.
However, he expects a great atmosphere at Craven Park, and hopes rugby league fans from both sides of the city make the most of the occasion.
He added: "I think the fans in Hull will really get behind us. It is great to have an international in the city and I am sure fans of the two clubs will unite."