Unfinished business for Slater
For a player who has achieved just about everything in the game, World Cup victory on Saturday night would just about be the icing on the cake.
Billy Slater has never been part of a winning World Cup campaign on home soil but he has a chance to tick that off the bucket list when he runs out for Australia in Saturday night’s Final against England.
He has been in scintillating form throughout the tournament, with his two tries against Fiji last week seeing him become the greatest try scorer in World Cup history.
In 2017 Slater has returned back to his mantle as the best fullback in the game as well as tasting more Premiership success with Melbourne.
Now his focus is raising another trophy, this time in green and gold, in the hopes of making it a dream year all around.
“Playing in a World Cup is very special,” Slater told the Courier Mail.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to play in three. The memory of winning the 2013 World Cup over at Old Trafford is probably one of the highlights of my career.
“Without a doubt, winning a World Cup on home soil would be at the top of the tree as far as my Test career. It was one of the greatest feelings that I’ve had winning that World Cup in the UK. But that wouldn’t really match up against a win here on home soil.
“I’ve had an opportunity once before in 2008 and we didn’t get the job done that night. It would be nice to be able to get a win next week. We have to play well to achieve that.”