The sport’s highest-ranked international player, Joshua’s Law, has admitted he has a “lack of confidence” in his ability to play in the senior side and has promised to work hard to become a better player.
In a rare appearance on Australian television, the 28-year-old was asked if he was worried about playing for Australia, and he replied: “Absolutely.
If I didn’t feel that I had a good opportunity, then I wouldn’t play for the team.”
Joshua’s Law’s best performance came in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, where he scored a try in the final against New Zealand.
He has been playing in England for a few months, having returned to Australia in late January to start a rehabilitation programme.
He was born in China and moved to Melbourne as a child and later moved to England to attend St John’s College, where his father, Ian, played.
“It’s very difficult for me to talk about this right now, because I’ve got a lot to do.
I’ve lost so much weight.
I’m still losing it,” Joshua said.”
I feel really bad about what’s happened and I have to make sure I keep myself in top shape so I can get back on the field, because that’s where I need to be.”
He has a long way to go, however, to become the best international player in the world.
Joshua’s first Rugby World Series game for Australia is due to be played at Suncorp Stadium on June 11.
The last-16 of the 2019 Rugby World Rugby Sevens World Cup is due for August 26 in Australia.