England Head Coach Shaun Wane has said he wants more selection headaches ahead of the rearranged World Cup.
Wane was appointed as England coach back in 2020, but has only led the team in two matches. Covid has wrecked havoc on the international schedule, which ended up in the World Cup being postponed until 2022.
The former Wigan Head Coach has hailed the impact of Mikey Lewis and Will Pryce in 2021, and hopes to see more players come forward in 2022.
More specifically, Wane is looking for further depth in the halves and at hooker.
In an interview with the RFL, Wane said: “The one thing I am saying to our staff is I want more players. I want more halves, more sixes, more nines.
“At the moment, I have three or four nines, and I want more. I want to be able to make tough decisions, and that’s our job.
“The Super League clubs are doing a great job. You look at young kids coming through like Mikey Lewis, Will Pryce, they are another year older and another year mature. They are physically ready.
“We are getting more players putting their hands up for selection, but on the other hand, I want more. That’s our challenge as coaches and Super League coaches, we all want more talent coming through.”
Revised World Cup schedule announced
The new schedule was recently announced by the World Cup tournament organisers. England will still open the competition against Samoa at St James’ Park in Newcastle on 15th October.
There have been a couple of venue changes. The double header scheduled to be at Anfield for the Men’s Quarter Final and England Women’s group match against Canada will now be at the DW Stadium in Wigan.
The wheelchair final will also now take place in Manchester, with all three finals now taking place in the city.