Rugby League World Cup: England add four to warm-up Fiji


Captain Sam Tomkins has trained with England this week but will not play against Fiji on Friday
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Coach Shaun Wane has called up four players from England’s World Cup squad for Friday’s final warm-up game against Fiji.

Wigan trio Liam Marshall, Sam Powell and Harry Smith are included in Wane’s 22-man squad for the game in Salford, as is center Jake Wardle.

Wane will have to appoint a new captain for the game, as Catalan defender Sam Tomkins will not take part.

England open the World Cup against Samoa in Newcastle on October 15.

Eighteen of Wane’s 24-man World Cup squad are available for the Fiji game.

The likes of Jack Welsby and Joe Batchelor helped St Helens to their fourth consecutive Super League win on September 24, but the other four men who represented Saints or Leeds at Old Trafford will not feature.

Wigan’s John Bateman is out through suspension following his red card in the Warriors’ Super League semi-final defeat at Leeds.

Tomkins missed games with a knee problem in the closing weeks of the Super League campaign but told BBC Sport last week He will be fit and “ready” for the start of the World Cup.

NRL trio Herbie Farnworth, Victor Radley and Dom Young are among the players set to make their first appearances with the full squad at Salford’s AJ Bell Stadium.

Friday’s game against Fiji, who have been semi-finalists in each of the previous three World Cups, will be only England’s fourth game since former Wigan manager Wayne Bennett replaced Wayne Bennett in February 2020.

England, the 2017 World Cup runners-up, will also face France and Greece in the group stage after opening the tournament against Samoa at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park.

England squad to face Fiji: Ackers, Batchelor, Burgess, Cooper, Farnworth, Hall, Hill, Marshall, McIlorum, McMeeken, Pearce-Paul, Powell, Radley, Smith, Sneyd, Thompson, Wardle, Watkins, Welsby, Whitehead, Williams, Young.