Sam’s inside track

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SAM Tomkins has been providing his England team-mates with the inside track on one of New Zealand’s key stars ahead of today’s sudden-death Four Nations showdown.

His Warriors team-mate Thomas Leuluai is the most experienced player in the Kiwi squad.

He underlined his class with a starring display against Wales at Wembley last weekend and Tomkins has no doubts he poses a huge threat to England’s changes of reaching the Final at Elland Road next week.

Tomkins said: “Tommy’s pretty quick isn’t he? You have to be switched on because he’s one of the most elusive hookers around, and that’s why if you lose a play-the-ball he’ll not miss it.

“I’ll be telling my team-mates as much as I can on him.

“He’s not the tallest player in their side but he can put a shot on – you don’t want to run straight at him or he’ll break your ribs. He got a good shot on me in the Exiles game.”

Coach Stephen Kearney has snubbed the claims of Super League’s Kiwi players but has continually made an exception for the 26-year-old halfback or hooker.

The winner of tomorrow’s encounter at Hull will meet Australia in the decider.

“We certainly think we can do it,” added Tomkins. “We’re improving each week and we want to beat the Southern Hemisphere teams.”