Williams: More to come from England

George Williams in action against New Zealand
George Williams in action against New Zealand

GEORGE Williams is confident there is “a lot more to come” from England as they aim to wrap up the Test series against New Zealand.

Steve McNamara’s men went 1-0 ahead with a gutsy 26-12 win in Hull on Sunday – described by Williams as one of the highlights of his blossoming career.

The Olympic Stadium is going to be massive, and we’ve got a lot more to come

George Williams

And he says they have already identified areas to improve as they begin preparations for the second Test at London’s Olympic Stadium on Saturday.

A victory would wrap up the series with one game to play, at Wigan’s DW Stadium the following week.

“To be involved with the group, and to get the first win is massive,” said Super League’s Young Player of the Year. “It puts us in good stead for the rest of the series.

“The Olympic Stadium is going to be massive, and we’ve got a lot more to come.

“We didn’t start very well – and we need to address that this week.

“In the first we dipped our toe in a bit and saw what they had and we can’t do that this week.

“But we came back and got some good shapes in the second half, and blew them away. We were a lot better in the second half.”

Victory in Hull on Sunday was a late 21st birthday gift for Williams, who was one of five contracted Warriors players in the England side.

He was only handed the Wigan No.6 shirt at the start of this season, but justified his selection in the England shirt with some neat touches, including passes for both first-half tries after the hosts had fallen 10-0 down.

“It was a really good experience and something I’ll always remember,” he said.

“I’d obviously never played against New Zealand so I didn’t know what to expect. They were as good as I thought.

“To play against people like Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is good for me and something I really enjoyed.

“ Now I’ve got a feel for it and I enjoyed it massively. it’s something I’ll always remember.

“England internationals and Grand Finals are where you want to play and you dream of.

“They’re probably on an equal and it was a massive achievement to play in it.”

The England players return to their training base in Staffordshire today to begin preparations for the second Test.

More than 40,000 tickets have been sold for Saturday’s ground-breaking game at the venue which staged the hugely-successful 2012 Olympics.

“To get a chance to play there is massive,” added Williams.