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Cowboys running back Scott Drinkwater and his brother Josh are set to ply their trade for the German national team in a bid to qualify for the 2025 World Cup in France.

Josh, who plays half-back for the Catalan Dragons in the English Super League, has expressed his desire to start the national team, being of German descent.

“I have already committed to play for Germany and next year my younger brother and I will try to help them qualify for 2025,” Josh Drinkwater told Total Rugby League.

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Scott Drinkwater started five eighths in 24 games last season for the North Queensland club, leaving the Storm after the 2018 season.

“My grandfather is German, he moved to Australia during the war, so we have all the heritage to be part of a national team,” Drinkwater said.

“I am very lucky to have this dual nationality and the German passport has been a great help to me to play here in Europe.

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“We will try to get Germany into the Rugby World Cup here in France in 2025.

The last game of the German national team took place on October 2 last year, against the Netherlands in the Griffin Cup.

The pinnacle of the German Rugby League is currently a European Rugby League affiliate nation and will need to play a number of qualifiers to get closer to the World Cup.

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Drinkwater, entering his fourth season with the Catalans, has another option if the German side don’t qualify, also having French heritage.

“That’s what I would really like, but if not, I could raise my hand for the France team. The problem is there are so many good French youngsters out there that I probably wouldn’t stand a chance,” Drinkwater said.

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James Maloney paired Drinkwater in the Dragons halves last season and now another NRL veteran will join him.

Mitchell Pearce will ply his trade for the Catalans in 2022, leaving Newcastle at the end of last year.

“It’s pretty amazing that I spent a few years alongside Jimmy and now Mitch is here,” Drinkwater said.

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“I grew up watching these two boys rise through the ranks and it’s really strange that I had the chance to play alongside them here in France.

“They bring bags of experience and it’s a pleasure to be on the same team as them.

“Obviously Jimmy and I pulled off a short in the Grand Finals last year, so the plan is for Mitch and I to go even further this time around.”

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