Shaun Wane not dwelling on James Roby international retirement

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England coach Shaun Wane says he has come to terms with the decision of St Helens captain James Roby to stick with his retirement from international duty.

The Saints legend, who turns 37 in November, has penned a one-year extension with his hometown club to enter his 20th season as a professional in 2023.

Roby retired from the the international game last autumn as he wanted to prolong his club career. There has been a lot of talk around Roby possibly coming out of international retirement to have one last crack at a World Cup, but he has recently confirmed that he will be cheering England on as a fan at the upcoming World Cup.

Wane will also be without NRL hooker Josh Hodgson through injury but he is content with his options for the number nine role.

“It’s a shame about James,” Wane said. “He’s a great player but I totally understand and I’ve got Daryl Clark, Micky Mac (McIlorum) and Paul McShane.

“I’m not one for dwelling on things.”

Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary has also recently announced his retirement from international rugby league.

Wane is likely to fill his wing spots from the likes of Tommy Makinson (St Helens), Ryan Hall (Hull KR), Tom Davies (Catalans Dragons) and Liam Marshall (Wigan) for England’s opening game against Samoa in six weeks’ time.

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Wane has been impressed by the performances of Trinity winger Lewis Murphy, who has been called up to the England Knights squad for their autumn internationals against Scotland and France B.

“He’s a good player,” Wane said. “I’ve been very impressed with what he’s doing, finishing some tries off.

“But he has to be better than what we’ve got. We’re also building for 2025 as well so he’s a player we will bring in. He will benefit from being in that environment.”

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1 Comment

  1. Makinson walks onto the RW.

    LW is a toss-up between Burgess and Marshall IMO. I think Burgess’s size might fare better in the international arena, up against some monster edges.

    Roby’s decision is a hammer blow to England’s hopes. It might be worth starting Radley and having a zippy option such as Leeming or Clark to come on and speed things up. I expect Wane to start with McIlorum and have McShane on the bench.

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