Wigan Warriors: Liam Farrell and John Bateman to start for England against the Combined Nations All Stars

Liam Farrell and John Bateman have been named in England’s starting line-up for the game against the Combined Nations All Stars at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

By Amos Wynn
Friday, 17th June 2022, 2:00 pm

The Warriors pair are included in a side which features four debutants, as Shaun Wane assesses his options ahead of this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Meanwhile, former Wigan fullback Sam Tomkins will captain the team, while George Williams and Michael McIlorum are also included in the line-up.

Wane said: “This is the start of the World Cup as far as I’m concerned. This game is as important as the Fiji game, which is just before the World Cup starts.

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John Bateman

“First and foremost, I want to win. Ellery will have his team very motivated and we need to be better than them. It’s simple.

“I’ve picked a group of players who in my heart I know can do the job. Some are new to the set up; others like Ryan Hall are very experienced and are still performing at a high level.

“I’ve made the call on George Williams who, on his day, is one of the best in the world. If it doesn’t work out, it’s on me as head coach.

“Our preparation has been excellent, the players have been superb in training and there’s a good spirit in camp.”

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Here is the full team: Sam Tomkins, Tommy Makinson, Kallum Watkins, Jake Wardle, Ryan Hall, Jack Welsby, George Williams, Alex Walmsley, Michael McIlorum, Mike Cooper, Liam Farrell, Mike McMeeken, John Bateman.Interchanges: Paul McShane, Joe Batchelor, Matty Lees, Mikolaj Oledzki.