George Williams: Semi-final defeat will live with me until next World Cup

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George Williams says England’s heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat will live with him until the next tournament in 2025.

A drop goal in golden point extra-time from Stephen Crichton knocked England out of the World Cup, with Samoa finishing 27-16 winners at the Emirates Stadium.

England coach Wane struggled to hold back the tears in the post-match press conference. The vast majority of his dejected players didn’t stop for interviews in the mixed zone following England’s failure to reach a first home World Cup final since 1995 and gain the chance to end a 50-year wait to lift the trophy.

Williams, who was one of the few players to speak to the media, said: “That will probably sit with us, especially me, for three years, until the next World Cup.

“That’s the heartbreaking thing. Some people will never play in a World Cup again and we’ll never have this certain group together again so that’s why it hurts so much. That’s why there’s some tears in there.”

George Williams: It’s been one of the best six weeks of my life but we fell short

He added: “It was pretty heart-breaking watching that kick go over. It felt like it was a nightmare really, it felt it was going over forever, it went that slow.

“We probably got what we deserved, we’re way better than we showed today.

“When we did get momentum, we did things we wanted to but then we’d make an error and they’ve got too many good players for us to be off.

“It’s been one of the best six weeks of my life but we fell short.”

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Williams, meanwhile, is not ruling another upset when Samoa take on the holders and overwhelming favourites Australia at Old Trafford next Saturday, a match he intends to watch.

“I will watch, as much as it will hurt me, wishing I was playing,” he said.

“We were heavy favourites going into this. Australia will probably be heavy favourites next week but, as you’ve seen, anything can happen.”

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1 Comment

  1. I have followed England’s matches in all the World Cup and was so bitterly disappointed when they lost by just 1 point. They have nothing to feel ashamed of they were brilliant, but I think that the opposition would win when their players dumped an Englishman on his head in a tackle – how dirty can you get??? The guy who did it was off the field for just 10 mins or so and then back he came. I am not saying that Samoa didn’t play great rugby, but some of their play leaves more than a little to be thought about!! Good luck to them. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME ENGLAND – YOU WILL DO IT NO TROUBLE!!!
    Shirley

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