Eden set to keep place after impressing Bennett


Greg Eden is in line to make Brisbane Broncos' starting 13 for the first round of the NRL season after impressing Wayne Bennett during a belated competitive debut in the World Club Series victory over Wigan Warriors.

An eye-catching performer at full-back during his time with Hull KR, Eden joined the Broncos ahead of the 2015 season, but was unable to secure NRL action during his maiden campaign.

However, having been handed a chance to shine on the wing at the DW Stadium, the Englishman produced a polished performance, which he rounded off with an 80-metre individual try as Brisbane cantered to a 42-12 triumph.

After the match, Broncos coach Bennett paid tribute to Eden's perseverance.

"[I'm] really pleased with Greg Eden. He's had to earn his opportunity," said Bennett. "He had to get my trust and respect to get that. It's been 15 months in the making.

"To his credit he stayed last year when he didn't get a lot of opportunities because I didn't think he deserved it. I thought he'd go back to England, but he didn't, he hung in good.

"We all knew he was talented, but he had to prove some other stuff to me. On that performance he'll be [playing against Parramatta Eels in Brisbane's opening NRL game]."

Should North Queensland Cowboys see off an injury-hit and out-of-form Leeds Rhinos side on Sunday, NRL teams will have completed a 3-0 whitewash of their Super League counterparts for a second year in succession.

Bennett nevertheless feels the World Club Series is a worthwhile event and could be held in Australia.

He added: "I said at one of the press conferences this week, the Cowboys would have sold out, we'd have 40,000 plus in Brisbane - that can't be a failure.

"I'm not sure what would happen in Sydney, but when Wigan played the Roosters there two years ago in Sydney they got a good crowd. People want to see English players against the Australian clubs."