Charnley aiming to impress

Josh Charnley scorches the length of the field against Widnes
Josh Charnley scorches the length of the field against Widnes

JOSH Charnley hopes a sparkling performance against the Exiles on Friday night will go some way towards securing him a World Cup spot.

The Wigan winger scored five tries in two matches during England’s autumn series against Wales and France at the end of last year.

But Charnley – Super League’s joint top try-scorer with 22, level with Sam Tomkins – recognises this will be a tougher test.

And with a former Man of Steel Pat Richards on one flank, and ex-Kangaroos international Joel Monaghan on the other, he knows this is a good chance to lay down a marker to coach Steve McNamara.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

“The good thing about playing the Exiles is you’re up against players who have done a lot, played in the NRL and represented the Aussies or Kiwis.

“So if you can show you can compete against them it’s a good indication you can do it at a high level.

“This is a big one for me, to show Steve Mac he can rely on me for that wing spot.”

With Ryan Hall seemingly nailed on for one wing spot, Charnley has edged ahead of Hull FC’s Tom Briscoe for the other role.

“It was me, Ryan and Tom – and Ben Cockayne has come into the reckoning – and I’ve just been trying my best,” he said. “Hopefully I can hang on to it.”

WIGAN are chasing Leigh’s highly-rated forward Sam Hopkins to bolster their pack. He could come in to replace Chris Tuson.