Ex-Warriors to start for England

England RU internationals Chris Ashton and Joel Tomkins working with a group of youngsters from Wetherby High School earlier this week

England RU internationals Chris Ashton and Joel Tomkins working with a group of youngsters from Wetherby High School earlier this week

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Former Warrior Joel Tomkins will make his England rugby union debut in Saturday’s match against Australia.

And he is joined in the starting XV by two other Wiganers - Chris Ashton and Owen Farrell.

Incredibly, all three went to the same school - Beech Hill’s St John Fisher High.

And it may be an even more special Saturday afternoon for the town, with Warriors’ Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Liam Farrell and Wigan-born Wolves prop Chris Hill all in the frame for the England RL World Cup match against Ireland.

Both games kick-off at 2.30pm.