Dugan: Versatility Helped With Selection
St George Illawarra Dragons fullback Josh Dugan believes his versatility played a key role in his selection into the Australia Kangaroos squad for the upcoming Four National Tournament in England later in October.
The Red V Members ‘Player of the Year’ saw himself playing both in the centres and on the wing whilst on duty against for the Australia PM XIII team which faced Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby recently.
Dugan notes his recent efforts showed selectors what he was capable of and has backed fellow teammate Tyson Frizell to do the same if given the chance during the tournament.
“It was one of my goas at the start of the year to be on the end of year tour and I’ve lived up to that and now looking forward to going over there and playing the best I can,” said Dugan.
“I think one of the reasons behind me being picked as well is my versatility as against Papua New Guinea I played right centre, left centre and left wing so I showed I can handle playing in a number of different positions.
“It was my second time in Papua New Guinea so I knew what to expect but it still makes you open your eyes going over there and seeing how passionate the people are about the game.
“The make-up of the Australia team has a blend of experience and a fair few debutants who will be chomping at the bit to get over there and get their first crack.
“Tyson has had two great seasons and he handled State of Origin easily and I think he will handle this easily as well.”