Representing your country is a special achievement but when given the chance to do it at the Rugby League World Cup, it holds even more significance, and for current ESL-based fullback Ryan McGoldrick, the opportunity to represent the United States at the World Cup is one that he looks forward to.
With the US team to take on Wales, Scotland and the Cook Islands in Group D, admits that some of his focus has already shifted to the spectacle that is the Rugby League World Cup.
â€œIâ€™ve been involved with the USA since 2008, and I was over there for the World Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Jamaica,â€ said McGoldrick.
â€œIâ€™ve seen them come on over the last couple of years and Iâ€™m really keen to be a part of the effort at Rugby League World Cup 2013.
â€œI think the fixtures are winnable, but at the same time I think itâ€™s going to be a really tough challenge for the Tomahawks.â€
McGoldrick, who is a veteran utility back having played for several years in both the NRL and the English Super League, expects Penrith Panthers back-rower Clint Newton to have a big impact as well as several domestic players.
â€œThe domestic competition is growing in stature, and even though itâ€™s still a work-in-progress, there are plenty of talented athletes over there.
â€œTheyâ€™ve really proven themselves between 2008 and 2012, and are worthy of being at the World Cup.
â€œItâ€™ll be a big learning curve for the players but a few of them payday loans for have been sent over to compete in Australia, which is great preparation.
â€œThe game is getting stronger, but itâ€™s hard when you have so many other sports in the spotlight. Financially, those sports are more lucrative at the moment, but a lot of work is being put in to develop Rugby League.â€
With just one team from Group D to qualify, McGoldrick knows that it will not be easy but he has faith in the US side and their ability to perform and win games.
â€œWe want to try and win every game we play, and you see upsets all the time. If this team can get together and gel as a collective, then we have every chance.
â€œThis team is improving all the time and if they can continue to progress, then we will go well.
â€œBut I think the big positive America can take out of this is the potential for publicity and exposure back home. It will really kick the game on.
â€œThe experience for the players is huge too. To play against quality opponents is a massive bonus for the on-field development.
â€œTheyâ€™re really passionate about the game and so many of them are deserving of an opportunity with a British club,â€ he added, â€œso the tournament is a shop window for them.
â€œScouts from every club will be looking at the World Cup, and thereâ€™s always an unknown player who comes to the fore. Itâ€™s a great incentive for the players to impress on such a big stage.â€