Dominic Young draws Martin Offiah comparisons after England beat France in Rugby League World Cup


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It was a moment that had the Bolton fans on their feet and screaming with delight.

With England leading 36-12 against France and 14 minutes left on the clock, winger Dominic Young intercepted a pass on his own tryline and sped off.

With the home crowd roaring on, there was no stopping the 21-year-old as he left the French defense behind before touching down for his fourth try in his first two Tests.

His impact at this World Cup has been so impressive that BBC TV pundits compared him to legendary England and Great Britain winger Martin Offiah.

“There are burn marks on the grass, he’s so quick,” Wales coach John Kear said on BBC television.

“He was like Martin Offiah at the time. He was flying,” said former England manager Steve McNamara.

“The whole crowd exploded,” added former England star Jamie Jones-Buchanan. “It was like the 100 meters final of the Olympic Games.”

‘She’s a star’

Young made his debut England’s final warm-up game against Fiji in front of a handful of fans in Salford.

However, he burst onto the international stage with two tries in last weekend’s win over Samoa and followed that up with two more against France.

Ahead of the tournament, Young spoke of wanting to “prove a point” in England after failing to get a first-team chance at Huddersfield and moving to Australia to play for the Newcastle Knights.

Now back home for the first time since leaving in 2019, she’s doing just that and delighting fans with her quick couple.

His first try at Bolton’s University Stadium was easy after a Jack Welsby lay-off, but his second will leave fans talking about it until the next game.

Given the Australian Josh Addo-Carr Having split Scotland with four tries on Friday night, a race between Young and the NRL’s fastest player would be an interesting possibility in the latter stages of the competition.

The 21-year-old, in full flight, is exhilarating, pumping his long legs like a racehorse galloping down the final furlong.

“England dares you to dream of winning the World Cup,” said former England international Jon Wilkin.

“He is a try scorer, a star, he has lit up the World Cup.”

The moment Young gets the ball, people expect something to happen, said former England captain Jamie Peacock.

“He’s a superstar in the making. When he gets the ball in his hands, the crowd comes alive. You can feel the excitement.

“What stands out is that he has moments of individual brilliance but he has some fantastic team-mates who are putting themselves in the right place during the fight to score fantastic tries.”

Young people ‘must refine’

Ryan Hall scored the opening two tries of the game to take his tally for England to 37, placing him third on the all-time list on the international stage.

“It’s a great workout with Dom,” Hall said afterward. “He’s a young athlete and he’s still learning the game. He’s got raw talent that he’s shown and he’s only going to get better with age.”

But Hall had a word of caution for the new winger.

“There’s something I need to work on with him,” Hall said cryptically without revealing what that something was.

“He needs to fine-tune in a couple of areas, but his head is like a sponge and will absorb everything and pick things up.

“He’s off to a great start, I’m sure you’ll be hearing his name for years to come.”

Former England international Wilkin added: “Young has had a fantastic start to this World Cup and his England career. He is very convincing on the right.”

Young’s place looked nailed down, but manager Wane now faces a selection dilemma on the left wing, whether to stick with veteran Hall or bring back Tommy Makinson.

Whoever gets the nod will help maintain England’s 100% record in their final group game against Greece in Sheffield next week.

Get through that unscathed and the real tests will begin to emerge in the knockout stages.