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Glenn out to crack Kiwi 17

Darren Cartwright 13/04/2011 04:30:30 PM Comments (0)

Fresh-faced Brisbane second-rower Alex Glenn is hoping to surf the Broncos' winning wave into his international debut for New Zealand in next month's Test against Australia on the Gold Coast.

Glenn has twice been teased with a spot in the midseason Test match after making the squad but not the final 17.

This time around, with the Broncos on a four-game winning streak and not conceding a second half try so far this season, the 22-year-old is banking on Brisbane's form to draw the attention of Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney.

"I'd love the call-up to go play an international," Glenn said on Wednesday.

"It's definitely a future goal I want to accomplish and it's a phone call I want to get.

"I've been 18th man twice for the ANZAC test, so hopefully third time lucky.

"It's a positive, us playing good football. Could get me in the eye of Stephen Kearney."

Glenn is one of eight new generation Broncos to graduate from the 2008 Toyota Cup grand final side under coach Anthony Griffin and become a major part of the club's 2011 resurgence.

Also making a successful transition from that under-20s side to be part of Saturday night's clash with the Sydney Roosters in Gosford are fullback Gerard Beale, winger Jharal Yow Yeh, hooker Andrew McCullough, second-rower Matt Gillett and prop Mitchell Dodds.

Injured pair and regular first-graders Ben Hunt (knee) and Josh Hoffman (shin) round out the exciting eight.

Glenn said Griffin, who was installed as head coach after the controversial sacking of Ivan Henjak in February, already had the respect of his former pupils when he took over.

He said he not given much thought to speculation Wayne Bennett, who steered the Broncos to six premierships, was ever going to return to the club but there was no doubting the bond Glenn, the under-20s skipper, has with Griffin.

"I've never been under Wayne Bennett, so I am not too sure how he gets around," Glenn said.

"Anthony Griffin is so relaxed.

"He's always calm and he likes to make the team become one which is always a good thing.

"It's that friendship and bond between the team.

"He has some strong characteristics that I like ... he shows me a lot of respect and pretty much all the boys as well get that respect from him and we want to respect him on the field and play for him as well."

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