How England could line-up in the Rugby League World Cup

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We are building how each country can line-up ahead of the World Cup, in collaboration with he can play, This week, it’s England!

In these weekly feature pieces, we’re selecting our predictable side that might represent England, This can include players born in that country, those with a nation’s heritage or even a place of residence.

The first 11 were France, Jamaica, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Ireland, Wales, Papua New Guinea, Greece, Italy, Lebanon and Scotland. now is the time England,

How England can line up in the World Cup

1. Sam Tomkins

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Tomkins has been named as England’s number one in the world, having captained his country in their most recent 18-4 win over the United Nations All Stars.

The 33-year-old former man of steel has been in good form for the Catalan Dragons this season. With more than 300 career appearances under his belt, Tomkins will be bringing a wealth of experience to Sean Wayne’s side this autumn.

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2. Tommy McKinson

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McKinson has been a standout winger in the Super League for many years. The St Helens winger is currently leading for points in the Super League this season.

McKinson made his England debut only in 2018, so he could play his first World Cup this year.

3. Herbie Farnsworth

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The Brisbane Broncos center has been sidelined since June with a biceps injury, but England hope he will be available to play in the World Cup.

The Lancashire-born Farnsworth has made 19 appearances in 53 appearances for the Broncos. It will be a huge boost for England if he comes back in time for the World Cup.

4. Harry Newman

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Newman has played more than 50 games for Leeds despite being only 22 years old.

He has won international honors with the England Knights, but has yet to make his senior debut. Could it come in this year’s World Cup?

5. Ryan Hall

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Hall is one of the most experienced players in this line-up, having won 38 caps for England, with 35 tries.

The 34-year-old Hull KR winger could play his third World Cup at the end of the year.

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6. Johnny Lomax

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Lomax has been a mainstay in the St Helens team since his debut in 2009. The three-time Grand Finals winner has made 121 attempts in 286 games for the Saints.

Lomax has won a total of 11 caps for Great Britain and England. He last played in the World Cup 2017.

7. George Williams

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Is it time for Williams to shine in an England shirt? He has been in and around the England team since 2015, winning 11 international caps.

The Warrington half-back is a constant threat to the opposition defenses with his tricky footwork. That will be crucial if England are to run a successful campaign in the World Cup.

8. Luke Thompson

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Thompson has impressed in the NRL since making his move to the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2020.

The 27-year-old powerhouse will play his maiden World Cup this year. He won two Super League titles with St Helens.

9. James Robbie

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The St Helens legend actually announced his international retirement last September after the World Cup was postponed by a year.

But his exceptional level of performance has been maintained at club level, despite speculation that 2022 will be his last season as a player.

There has been a lot of talk about Robbie returning to England to play in the World Cup. She is still one of the best prostitutes in the world.

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10. Tom Burgess

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Burgess has enjoyed a phenomenal career so far. He played two seasons in the Super League with Bradford before joining NRL side South Sydney Rabbitos, where he has since made over 200 appearances.

The 30-year-old has won 25 caps for his country and will play in his third World Cup this year.

11. Elliot Whitehead

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The Bradfordian Whitehead has been a mainstay in England’s camp since making his international debut in 2014. He was also a part of the Great Britain team in 2019.

The Canberra Raiders forward will bring considerable experience to Wayne’s side, having made over 350 career appearances.

12. John Bateman

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Bateman is a player who has been successful in both hemispheres. The Bradfordians have won two Super League titles, a World Club Challenge and a Challenge Cup with Wigan.

The 28-year-old has won 17 caps for England and four for Great Britain.

13. Victor Radley

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Sydney-born Radley has pledged his allegiance to England ahead of the World Cup as he looks to represent his father Nigel, who hails from Sheffield.

The 24-year-old has made sacrifices to play for the native state and Australia by declaring for England. Radley plays with a lot of passion and desire, and there is no doubt that he will fit in with Wayne’s style.


14. Mickey McIllorham

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McIlroam can play his fourth World Cup this year. He has represented his Irish heritage in two tournaments and could play in his second for birth nation England this year.

It’s no secret that Wayne is a huge fan of his former Wigan Hooker McIlroam. The Catalan Dragons star played a role in England’s recent win over the United Nations All Stars.

15. Alex Walmsley

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We’ve had Wolseley on the bench in our line-up because of the effect he can have when he comes to the middle of the game when the opposition is tired.

The 6ft 5in, 18 stone powerhouse has grown into a cult hero in his 10 seasons at St. Helens, where he has won four Super League titles and a Challenge Cup.

16. Morgan Knowles

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Born in Barrow, Knowles last played for Wales in the 2017 World Cup. He represented his Welsh roots, qualifying because of his Ronda-born mother.

But St Helens changed allegiance to birth nation England in 2020. He made his debut in England the following year against the United Nations All Stars.

The beauty of Knowles being on the bench is that he can play anywhere in the forward pack. He can also play on hooker if needed.

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17. Matty Lees

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Last place on our bench goes to Liege, who has matured into one of the Super League’s best front-rowers in recent years.

Lige may only be 24 years old, but he has won three Grand Finals as well as playing more than 100 games for champion St Helens. The Rochdale-born forward made his England debut earlier this year.

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