The Liam Farrell Column: Great to know Lions’ roar will be heard again

Liam Farrell in action during the defat to 
Salford last Friday
Liam Farrell in action during the defat to Salford last Friday

Great Britain is back – it’s great to hear.

I know it’s been on the cards for a while, but now we’ve had confirmation there will be a GB and Ireland tour Down Under in two years.

I grew up watching GB, before the switch to playing under the England banner

Liam Farrell

I grew up watching GB, before the switch to playing under the England banner in 2008 – two years before my first-team debut.

Obviously, it’s only a name change – unless players from any of the other countries come into the frame.

Straight away, I’m thinking Ben Flower can be in the mix.

I know he is injured right now, but he must be in with a chance. We’re not short of quality English props but he’s a starter for us, a terrific player, and he wouldn’t look out of place in that environment.

On the international front, I watched most of England’s game against Samoa on Saturday.

We had a recovery session in the morning at Orrell, and Kris Rads put the game on the big screen.

From what I saw, they looked in control and composed.

I know how Wayne Bennett wants them to play – they completed their sets well. I was pleased for the lads involved.

We, of course, were licking our wounds from the previous night’s defeat to Salford.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort. We had a few new faces in the side, but I still believe the team we had out there was capable of doing a job. We let a few poor tries in from a couple of dumb mistakes.

We didn’t help ourselves in the first-half and I could sense at halftime a couple of heads dropped.

After the game, Waney tried to make everyone feel okay about it because of the lads who are missing.

Maybe I’m biased but I honestly felt the team was capable of beating them, and I found it a tough one to take.

One of the positives was the performance of Josh Ganson. To play 80 minutes at hooker in only his second game was a great effort, and he seemed to get more comfortable as the game went on.

Josh Woods also did a good job, and not only was it his first game in the first-team, but he doesn’t regularly train with us – so for him to come in at halfback, was another good effort.

In the end, though, Salford were deserved winners. They’re up near the top for a reason and, if they can keep their halves on the pitch, they can certainly cause teams problems.

We’ve now switched our attention to Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie at Swinton.

Waney has set the tone of the week, making sure we focus and prepare like it’s a Super League game.

We may be playing a team from a league below but the stakes are even higher.

We’ve not been to Wembley for a while and it’s a competition we really want to do well in this year.

I’ve never played at Sale’s Heywood Road – that’s a good thing about the Cup, getting to play at new grounds.

There are quite a few Wigan lads in the Swinton side, and they will 100 per cent be firing.

Every time we come up against teams with a few Wigan lads in the side, they always raise their game, and I’m expecting Swinton to do the same.

No disrespect, but we are a league above and we should be setting the pace, but to do that we need to turn up and play.