Joel and Sam set for England duty

England's Joel Tomkins
England's Joel Tomkins

SAM Tomkins will be “massively proud” when brother Joel makes his England rugby union debut tomrrow – even though he won’t be able to watch it.

Incredibly, SEVEN Wiganers were named in the national league and union teams yesterday, including Tomkins brothers Sam and Joel respectively.

But Wigan full-back Tomkins won’t be able to watch his older sibling’s debut at Twickenham against Australia, as he will be on World Cup duty against Ireland at the same time.

“I’m massively proud of what he’s done and it’s amazing he’s done it in such a short time,” said the 24-year-old.

“I would’ve loved to have been there, but it’s just the way the fixtures have fallen, and we’ve got a big job on our own hands against Ireland.

“I’ll Sky Plus it and watch it when I get back.”

Tomkins won’t even be able to call on family support among the sell-out crowd at Huddersfield tomorrow, with all of them heading to watch ex-Warrior Joel, who is in the starting XV with fellow Wiganers Chris Ashton and Owen Farrell.

“It’s the first game I can ever remember when I’ve got none of my family watching me but there’s good reason for it,” he smiled.

“I’m ringing all my mates trying to get someone to watch but I’m struggling!”

Tomkins is joined in England’s squad by Sean O’Loughlin, making his return from an Achilles problem.

Warrior Liam Farrell and Wigan-born Warrington Wolves prop Chris Hill are also included. But there is no room in the squad for Lee Mossop, while Josh Charnley is rested with a shoulder problem.