Lockers eases injury worries

Wigan's Josh Charnley scores a try during England's 80-12 win over Wales
Wigan's Josh Charnley scores a try during England's 80-12 win over Wales

SEAN O’Loughlin has eased concerns over the injury which cut short his starring role for England on Saturday.

The loose forward [pictured below] was in eye-catching form and created two tries in the slaughter of Wales, before leaving the action shortly before half-time with a hamstring injury.

England went on to race in the points to register an 80-12 victory – with Josh Charnley bagging four tries – ahead of Saturday’s Test against France at Hull KR’s Craven Park, before the same two teams meet in the final a week later.

And O’Loughlin – who missed last year’s Four Nations tournament due to injury – is keeping his fingers crossed he can play some part in the rest of the series.

He said: “I don’t think it’s too serious.

“Hopefully it’s nothing too bad.

“We’ll have to wait and see, I’ll probably have a better idea in the next day or two.

“I’m disappointed, because I felt everything was going okay until it happened, then I just felt my hamstring so I came off, but as I said I’m hoping it’s not too serious.”

Injured full-back Sam Tomkins remains on course to return to the side to face the French.

He said: “If the game (against Wales) had been a Grand Final I probably could have played, but we decided not to push it.”

Meanwhile, Thomas Leuluai waved an emotional farewell to Wigan yesterday.

The halfback flew to New Zealand to settle in before starting pre-season training with the Warriors.

“I don’t know if I’m going home or leaving home,” he said.