England v Greece: George Williams named captain for Rugby League World Cup match


Williams (right) captained England in their warm-up clash with Fiji
Place: Bramall Lane, Sheffield The dates: October 29, Saturday kick off: 14:30 BST
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George Williams has been named England captain for their final World Cup Group A match against Greece at Bramall Lane on Saturday, with Sam Tomkins rested.

Manager Shaun Wane is ready to make changes after his side qualified for the quarter-finals with impressive wins over Samoa and France.

Joe Batchelor and Kai Pearce-Paul in the second row, the only players who have not yet appeared, will make their debuts.

Center Kallum Watkins was injured in last week’s 42-18 win over France.

In addition to Tomkins, hooker Michael McIlorum, center Herbie Farnworth and second rower Elliott Whitehead have also been rested.

The St Helens trio of Tom Makinson, Morgan Knowles and Matty Lees return after missing out on the France game, along with Mike McMeeken (Catalans) and Mike Cooper (Wigan).

Loose forward Victor Radley, who qualifies for England through his Sheffield-born father, is also included. this weekend in the city.

Greece is in last place in the group after two defeats, having received 106 points.

“We had a really tough week before the France game,” Wane said. “This week we have released the players a little, they have had less meters on their legs, they will be very fresh.

“I want them to come out and express themselves – that’s been the message from day one.

“They’re good players, I give them a rough game plan, but I want them to play and not feel anchored to a game plan.”

England squad to face Greece: Williams (capt), Makinson, Hall, Welsby, Burgess, Thompson, Bateman, Radley, Young, Knowles, Lees, Cooper, Hill, Ackers, McMeekan, Sneyd, Batchelor, Oledzki, Pearce-Paul.