ENGLAND have injury woes ahead of Rugby League World Cup – coach Shaun Wane!
But he’s adamant he’ll be good after undergoing knee surgery to repair an old shot, just as he’s adamant on surprise picks Chris Hill and Kai Pearce-Paul.
The Huddersfield prop who didn’t perform under him and the Wigan youngster who grew up in Bromley are the talking points of a group of 24 who he believes are good enough to take on the world.
St Helens’ Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival are out after ’emotional’ calls with bicep and knee problems respectively.
But he is 100 per cent convinced Hill, 34, and Pearce-Paul, 21, are the right choice as he wants his players to be “on” the moment they leave their hotel room for breakfast !
“Chris was always in the running,” said Wane, who hopes to get rid of his crutches soon. “I could see that he played really, really well when he played.
“It’s his yards after contact, how many carries he picks up, his work output is immense. If he does that for England then we’re in good shape.
“A lot of what makes Chris stand out are things that fans don’t realize as much while Kai has made it because of how he took care of himself and how he asserts himself in games.
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“He’s an offload threat that we don’t have many of, so that’s another attacking threat. He gives us something a little different.
“Jonny’s call was for the Saints medical staff and himself where he believes he is. I trust him and believe what he says.
“He was very emotional. Mark’s knee is bad and that was the most emotional conversation I’ve had with anyone. He was heartbroken.
“It could have been Jonny’s last World Cup and he can’t be there, it’s really, really sad.”
As SunSport said yesterday, Salford duo Andy Ackers and Marc Sneyd are back along with clubmate Kallum Watkins after a sensational Super League season.
They will be joined by six NRL-based players – Herbie Farnworth, Tom Burgess, Luke Thompson, Elliott Whitehead, Dom Young and Australian-born Victor Radley, who qualifies through Sheffield-born father Nigel.
Injuries also robbed him of Alex Walmsley, Liam Farrell and Harry Newman, while John Bateman will miss the tournament opener against Samoa through suspension.
Led by Sam Tomkins, they head to their Manchester camp on Tuesday and Wane vowed they have to be first class from the moment they get up.
He added: “It’s going to be very intense, with a lot of information. I expect best behavior, players tune in to practice and be on time.
“When it’s time to chill, I chill with them, but when we’re on, we’re on. That starts the moment they come down for breakfast.
“I want players to be obsessed with winning.”
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