Wigan Warriors forward Joel Tomkins will become the 700th player to represent England at Rugby League when he plays in Saturday’s Gillette Fusion International against France at Leigh Sports Village.
The 23-year-old second row, who was today named on the bench for his international debut, will be playing alongside younger brother and scrum-half Sam. They will become the first brothers to represent England together since Peter and Les Gorley in 1981.
Billy Little of Halifax is officially credited as being the first player to pull on the England RL jersey in 1904 but only made one appearance.
England captain Jamie Peacock will become the fifth most capped England RL player of all time with 16 appearances, achieved since 2000, closely followed by Gareth Ellis and Adrian Morley (both 15).
Joe Egan, who played for Wigan and Leigh in the 1940s and 1950s, holds the record for England appearances with 21.