Tomkins out of England’s series against the Kiwis

Sam Tomkins has been withdrawn from the England squad for the forthcoming Test series against New Zealand.

The full-back, who is returning to the UK from the NRL to play for Wigan in 2016, has not fuly recovered from a knee injury he sustained earlier this season.

“It is a great shame that Sam will miss the series against New Zealand,” said England coach Steve McNamara.

“We wanted to give him every chance to confirm his fitness but it wasn’t to be.

“Sam is devastated to miss out. He was looking forward to the month ahead with England and making a huge impact.

“His recent rehabilitation programme was designed to give him the best chance of a full recovery and playing for England, but the important thing now is for him to have the injury re-assessed and to get himself ready for full fitness as soon as possible.”

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