England contingent ready to play for St Helens on Friday, says Justin Holbrook

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook said his England players will be more than ready to play when they host Wakefield on Friday night.

Saints had five players travel to Denver with the England squad last week, more players than any other team.

James Roby, Tommy Makinson, Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival all featured in England’s win over New Zealand, but Luke Thompson missed out on selection.

But Holbrook insisted that all five players will be fit and ready to face Wakefield.

He said: “They all came through it well which is pleasing.

“It was a big trip for them and I was really proud of how they played. It was good to see England have a dominant win and the boys who play for us have such a big part in that.

“They came back into training on Monday and will be ready to go on Friday.”

Holbrook was disappointed that Thompson didn’t get to play but thinks the front-rower, 23, has plenty of time on his side to make a name for himself on the international stage.

He said: “I was disappointed that Luke Thompson didn’t play but it was a great experience for him.

“He was really upbeat about it all and appreciated being part of it for a week.

“He was happy to be a part of the set-up and moving forward under Wayne Bennett. He hasn’t come back disappointed or wanting to prove a point, it is a progression for him.”

St Helens welcome Wakefield Trinity to the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday, 7:45pm kick-off.

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