Hakim Miloudi ready to make his mark in France squad

Hakim Miloudi ready to make his mark in France squad
By PA Sport

17/10/2018 at 07:15Updated 17/10/2018 at 10:27

The 25-year-old is set for his Test debut.

Hull’s French utility back Hakim Miloudi says he has learned from his mistakes of the past as he prepares to launch his international career.

The 25-year-old was axed from France’s 2017 World Cup squad as a disciplinary measure following their warm-up match against Jamaica in Perpignan last October and has experienced a difficult first season in Super League with the Black and Whites.

However, he is set to make his Test debut against England at Leigh on Wednesday night and has been named in France’s 35-strong squad for the European Championship, which begins on Saturday week.

“I drew a line on my past mistakes, which had deprived me of the 2017 World Cup, and nothing makes me happier than this selection for the European Championship,” Miloudi said.

“Working relentlessly, I progressed and won the confidence of the coach and I intend to do the same at the service of Les Bleus this time.”

France host Wales and Scotland in Carcassone and face Ireland in Santry in the European Championship, which doubles as a qualifier for the 2021 World Cup in England.

France head coach Aurelien Cologni said: “Our short-term goal for this European Championship is to finish in the top two to open the doors of the RLWC 2021.

“It would also allow us to continue the reconstruction of the France team with serenity. The group is very broad, many new players will have the opportunity to show their value on this journey.”