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No need to call Prince says Bennett

By Laine Clark and Steve Jancetic 03/10/2005 08:08:16 PM Comments (0)

There was no phone call from Australian coach Wayne Bennett to inform Scott Prince that he had become Wests Tigers' first rugby league international on Monday.

It wasn't an embarrassing gaffe by Bennett, just common sense.

Bennett figured the shrill tone of a mobile phone would be the last thing a weary Prince would want to hear after spending all night celebrating the Tigers' maiden NRL grand final victory.

"I thought that would be inappropriate to do that (call him)," Bennett said.

"I'm sure someone will ring him soon and let him know in case he is a little hungover and not thinking too much about the Australian team."

But being named in the 23-strong Kangaroos squad was music to the ears of a bleary-eyed Prince who was quickly told as his Tigers were welcomed by thousands of delirious fans at Campbelltown Stadium on Monday morning.

Prince, 25, thought his season couldn't get any better after earning Dally M Captain of the Year honours on the way to securing the Clive Churchill Medal on Monday night.

But his priorities quickly changed when told he had earned the nod for the series which includes Great Britain and New Zealand.

"It was just icing on the cake. I thought the premiership and winning the Clive Churchill Medal was great," he said.

"But getting selected in the Australian side is just an unbelievable feeling.

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