SAM Tomkins’ rugby league season ended on a low – now for a one-match stint in rugby union!
The Wigan ace has been invited to appear in the Barbarians’ match against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.
If he plays, he will line up alongside the likes of New Zealand’s dual-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams and England outcast Danny Cipriani in a side containing a total of more than 1,200 caps in the 15-a-side code.
And after putting the offer to one side so he could concentrate on the Four Nations, Tomkins is ready to give it a go.
“I’ve been given an opportunity to play which I think I’m going to take,” he said. “I’ll see how my body pulls up from this but it’s something I’m interested in.
“I’ll talk to them now, as I was fully focused on the Four Nations. My agent mentioned it to me but I said, ‘Just leave it until after this.’”
After confirming his status as a truly world class rugby league player with a series of devastating displays in the Four Nations, Tomkins had a frustrating night on Saturday, much like England.
It was another one of those nights. Steve McNamara’s side arguably produced its worst display of the whole campaign at Elland Road.
There was hope when Kevin Sinfield’s penalty made it 8-8 after 53 minutes but there was nothing England could do to halt the Kangaroos’ charge.
Fittingly, captain Darren Lockyer had the last word with a try on his final appearance before retiring.
However, Tomkins was unhappy at how things turned out.
He added: “I’m disappointed. We were really hoping to compete for the full 80 minutes but it was another case of they got us in the last 20 minutes.
“They put us under pressure but we went in confident at half-time. We were well in the game, there was two points in it and we were nowhere near our best. We had the belief and all that, but it didn’t happen.
“The game was really even and we felt that if we took our opportunities we’d get the result – but it wasn’t to be.”