WITH James Roby remaining adamant that his international career is over, he will get a close look tonight at one of the nines who could slot into that England shirt.

And Roby admits to being impressed Leeds Rhinos hooker Kruise Leeming who caught the eye playing for the All Stars against England last Saturday.

The 26-year-old, who was born in Eswatini - formerly known as Swaziland in southern Africa -  is definitely pressing for a place in Shaun Wane's autumn World Cup plans.

Veteran Roby know what Leeming can bring to the table, in tandem with fellow rake Brad Dwyer - a player who was heavily linked with a move to Saints several weeks ago.

Roby said: "Kruise will provide plenty of threat from dummy is a very creative hooker.

"Athletic wise he has speed and agility and very fast off the mark and great skill.

"He can slot into the haves too equally well. He is a dangerous player – we know that as a squad. Both him and Brad Dwyer can be electric from nine so we have to do a job on them."

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Roby has faced Leeming several times since he broke through at Huddersfield Giants.

"I have been very impressed with the way he plays and he seems quite mature for a young lad," he said.

"He has a good kicking game and game management – he is very much the full package."

Saints are four points clear at the Super League summit - but the next four games could have a huge bearing on the table with tonight's Leeds game followed by games against Catalans, Wigan and Huddersfield; the teams currently in places 2, 3 and 4.

By the end of July Saints could either have clear blue water between them and the rest or be in a dogfight in the jockeying for spots in the final month

 Roby is keenly aware of how important this run is - but won't be getting over-faced.

"It is vital that we take it a game at a time but be aware that it is a big period in the season and it is vitally important that we get this right and get as many points as possible in this period because we are playing teams that are sat just below us in the league.

"They will be really good games, and really close, but they are ones that we need to come through in the right way and right manner and pick up the two points and potentially create a little bit more of a gap at the top.

"We just need to concentrate week-on-week on the job at hand, and keep knocking them off," Roby said.