Adam Hills is to take part in the inaugural Physical Disability Rugby League (PDRL) World Cup.
But the 52-year-old stand-up comic - who hails from Australia and was born without a right foot -is conflicted about what team to play for, admitting choosing between playing rugby for Australia or England is “like breaking up with someone”.
After discussing his dilemma with hosts Ben Shephard and Charlotte Hawkins on ‘Good Morning Britain’ on Friday (15.07.22), Adam said: “Well, I think we're going to make the official announcement on ‘The Last Leg’, but it's really difficult it's going to be if I go against playing for England, you know, sure. I'm representing my country, but I'm letting down one of my best mates so it's gonna be like breaking up with someone.”
The ‘Best Foot Forward’ author explained that former pro rugby league player Shaun Briscoe - who played for Wigan Warriors and Hull FC, as well as England - asked him if he wanted to be true to himself or “win the World Cup”.
Adam said: "Well, the tricky thing is, so the coach of the England team is a friend of mine, Shaun Briscoe, who played rugby league for England. We’re mates. And he said, ‘Look, you know, I'd really like you to make yourself eligible for England’. And I was like, ‘I don't ... I don't know what to do’. And he said, ‘It's a very easy choice. Do you want to represent Australia or do you want to win the World Cup?’ And I've had big long chats with him."
The funnyman explained that he didn’t “get the heart flutters” at the thought of putting on an England jersey.
He said: “And one of the things I said to him was, 'I don't know that I get the heart flutters when I think about pulling on an England shirt the way you should.' And his words were, 'Look, to be fair, I've represented my country. When you pull on your country's jersey, you should grow an extra foot.' And I was like, 'Yeah, but if I do that, I can't play physical disability.' "