Williams' late call-up to England side

George Williams is set to play for England tomorrow.

Friday, 3rd November 2017, 10:51 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 3:30 am
Gareth Ellis presented George Williams with his shirt

The Wigan halfback wasn’t in the 17-man squad for the game against Lebanon in Sydney.

But he has been drafted into the line-up and will make his first appearance of the tournament, after missing out on the 18-4 loss to Australia last week.

It was unclear who he will replace. Castleford’s Luke Gale and St George Illawarra’s Gareth Widdop were halfbacks for the opening game.

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Williams, who made his Test debut in 2015 and also figured in last year’s Four Nations, received his match shirt from former Hull FC and GB forward Gareth Ellis.

The 23-year-old posted a picture on his Instagram account, stating: “Can’t wait to pull the jersey on tomorrow. What dreams are made of to play in the World Cup.”

His Warriors team-mates John Bateman and Sean O’Loughlin were also named in the initial 17-man squad.

It is the first time England have faced Lebanon, who beat France 29-18 on the opening weekend.