‘We’re not just four brothers but four best mates. We very rarely fall out, people often ask if we fought as kids but we never did. We had a couple of arguments here and there when George was stealing my clothes and my best underpants but we don’t often argue.
‘When we’re together in Australia it’s a cracking feeling, so to play for our country together it will mean just as much if not more to sing the anthem together. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to do that.’
Sam’s long term geographic isolation in the hard school of Australia’s NRL means that he has not played for England since 2010, and he is impressed by the thoroughness with which England are approaching the World Cup, which is why they are preparing on the High Veld.
‘I’m looking forward to putting the jumper back on. I can definitely sense a different approach. There’s no stone left unturned with all the sports science now and we’ve put ourselves in the best position to do our best. The I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed, everything is professional and we’re really embracing the buzz that is around the group.’
The boys are all close to actor Russell Crowe, the Rabbitohs main shareholder, but he doesn’t expect him to switch allegiance.
‘He’s a great friend and very close to our family. He loves the sport and athletes who play. I’m trying to get him to swing behind England but he’s probably going to go for Australia.’