With less than 200 days to go until the start of the Rugby League World Cup, we take a look at six players who must be included by Shaun Wane in his England squad.
England kick-off the upcoming tournament at Newcastle’s St James’ Park against Samoa on October 15. They have also drawn France and Greece in Pool A.
Tuesday, March 29, marked 200 days to go until England face Samoa.
Combining current form and experience, here are players who we think should be included in England’s World Cup squad.
The 33-year-old 2021 Man of Steel is proving to be still the best full-back in the Super League competition. The experienced player has already won 25 caps for England, and looks to be set for the starting spot at this year’s World Cup.
He does have competition with the likes of Jake Connor and Zak Hardaker, but Tomkins has to be included in England’s squad.
Going on current form, Herbie Farnworth is one of the best English centres in the game at the minute. The 22-year-old has scored four tries in three appearances so far this season for Brisbane Broncos. Born in Burnley, he has made a total of 44 appearances in the NRL. England coach Shaun Wane axed Farnworth from his elite training squad April last year, but let’s hope he is right to represent the country at the World Cup.
St Helens star Jonny Lomax is arguably the best stand-off in the Super League competition. The 31-year-old has made six try assists in 2022, crossing for one himself. He has previously represented both England and Great Britain and should be included.
The loose forward switched his international allegiances from Wales to England ahead of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. He was instantly included in England’s squad and is a very skilful forward. He represented Wales on four occasions between 2016-17, including a World Cup.
The 2021 Super League Dream Team prop has played a pivotal role in St Helens’ recent success. The 31-year-old is currently enjoying his testimonial year, and is a much-needed forward to compete with the likes of Samoa, Australia and New Zealand at this year’s tournament.
Having a front-row combination of Luke Thompson and Walmsley will be an exciting prospect for Shaun Wane. The former St Helens man has won four caps for England and represented Great Britain in 2019. Playing for the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL, his experience against the game’s best players will prove handy for England later this year.