Rugby League World Cup: Tommy Makinson says England are determined to achieve something special following DW Stadium victory

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Tommy Makinson says it’s a “dream” being part of Shaun Wane’s Rugby League World Cup squad.

The winger set a new individual test record for England in the 46-6 quarter-final victory over Papua New Guinea, as he went over for five tries.

Makinson states his main focus is making sure the team achieves their goals for the tournament.

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He said: “It’s nice to get the individual bits, but it’s a dream to be involved in this group.

Tommy Makinson scored five tries against Papua New GuineaTommy Makinson scored five tries against Papua New Guinea
Tommy Makinson scored five tries against Papua New Guinea

“It’s simple to say I love every single day we spend with the lads, it’s an honour.

“We’ve got each other’s back, we train, and we have a laugh. When it gets down to business, we go to business.

“Long may it continue. We want to do something special. It’s okay talking about it, but talk is cheap, we need to go out and do it.

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“To score five tries is good, but to go ahead with what we want to achieve is much bigger.

“It was special, but there are a lot more things at stake.

“That is why we are so close and so tight because we want to create history that’s not been done for such a long time.

“It’s a day I’ll always remember, but there’s many more memories to be made for sure.”

Makinson also discussed his brief meeting with the Princess of Wales ahead of the game.

“She was really nice, asking about the game,” he added.

“She was great. It was a 20 second chat, we’ll never get it again will we.”