Sam’s got the world on his mind

Warrington Wolves team captain Adrian Morley, left, holds the Super League trophy with Wigan Warriors player Sam Tomkins
Warrington Wolves team captain Adrian Morley, left, holds the Super League trophy with Wigan Warriors player Sam Tomkins

SAM Tomkins admits he has TWO Old Trafford fixtures on his mind after yesterday being named in England’s World Cup squad.

The full-back – preparing for Saturday’s Grand Final against Warrington – was one of six Wigan players named in Steve McNamara’s squad.

His club team-mates Sean O’Loughlin, Josh Charnley, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell and Mike McIlorum were also named.

They will fly out to a South Africa training camp on Monday, less than 48 hours after their battle for the Super League title. The World Cup begins on October 26 culminating in a final on November 30 at Old Trafford.

And Tomkins said: “It’s been hard not to look beyond Saturday, because with the World Cup coming up it’s so exciting, and I’m desperate to be involved in.

“The season’s so busy with the run-in to the Challenge Cup and the play-offs, you’re alert to what’s coming in your club career but it’s in the back of my mind.”

Tomkins hopes England feel the benefit of Shaun Wane’s change of tack this season.“Our training at Wigan has been adapted this year to make us fresh at this time of the season,” he said.

“In 2011 we won the Cup and had a bit of a hangover and we’ve not this year because we’ve adapted training and that’s credit to Shaun and (performance director) Mark Bitcon.”

Tomkins’ Wigan team-mates Darrell Goulding and Matty Smith were left out.

Elsewhere, Huddersfield’s Eorl Crabtree misses out, while McNamara effectively signalled the end of Adrian Morley’s Test career .

The veteran prop will be in the opposing ranks on Saturday, and Tomkins has a huge amount of respect for him.

“Moz is probably one of those players you’d expect to fade away a little bit, and he’s not,” said Tomkins.

“He’s a legend here, battered everyone in Australia and he’s still doing the same.”

Tomkins admits he spoke to Morley –a huge hit during six seasons in the NRLwith Sydney Roosters – before taking up an offer from New Zealand Warriors for 2014.

“He was one of the first people I rang,” he added.

“He’s a good bloke, I called him for advice and he tipped me up on a few things.”