Bragging rights in sight for Sam

Sam Tomkins
Sam Tomkins

SAM Tomkins is determined not to be on the receiving end of a defeat from many of his clubmates for another year.

It has been bad enough this season after England’s last minute heartbreak in the World Cup semi-final when Shaun Johnson skipped through and scored for New Zealand.

Tomkins says mention of that Wembley woe has not go down well – and doesn’t want any similar remarks after tomorrow’s Four Nations meeting.

The former Wigan crowd-pleaser said: “This one is special as I’m against some of the Warriors’ players.

“I’ve played alongside them for 20-odd games this year so it’ll be good to come up against them.

“Hopefully I can get the bragging rights as it will be a long 12 months. Shaun Johnson has dropped in a couple of jokes about the World Cup, which I haven’t taken too kindly to.

“It would be good to get the last laugh.”

Sam will line up alongside brother Joel as well as Wigan’s Liam Farrell, Dan Sarginson, Josh Charnley, Matty Smith and Sean O’Loughlin in Dunedin.

England can guarantee their place in the Four Nations final if they beat the Kiwis by at least 10 points.

“England haven’t put together an 80 minute performance yet,” he said.

“We weren’t the best we could possibly be against Australia but we were the better side in patches, which hasn’t happened to often against Australia before. People will say it’s down to that last decision but there are areas way before that where we could’ve been better.”

Tomkins has revealed his Wigan accent is proving a stick to beat him with!

The former Warriors star goes up against some familiar faces when England take on New Zealand tomorrow.

And while Thomas Leuluai proved a great help in making sure he settled in, the same cannot be said for Manu Vatuvei.

Tomkins has revealed that his Wigan accent is being mocked!

He said: “Manu is a bit of a character.

“There aren’t many days that go by without hearing his crackling laugh across the gym. He’s usually taking the mick out of my accent.

“Tommy played tour guide for me in the first couple of months. It was good to have a mate already there and without him it would’ve been tougher to move but he showed me around.

“When I got to know the lads it was all right, but in the first few weeks it was good to have someone I couldcall to go for a coffee with rather than being a Billy No-Mates.”

He has been Mr Popular among the kids who have clamoured for his autograph at training sessions.

“It’s strange,” he said. “It’s a big brand in New Zealand and rugby league is spreading.”