The Exiles coach, Brian McClennan, has identified Sam Tomkins as the England player they must stop in the inaugural International Origin match at Odsal tomorrow.
As expected, Steve McNamara has named Tomkins in his Wigan position of full-back. McClennan says that his progress there has been startling in the year since he coached Leeds. "He's one of the real world-class players in the game," he said. "Playing full-back lets him roam around and his kick returns are always threatening."
With Tomkins re-assigned, Luke Robinson at hooker and Danny Brough injured, McNamara has opted for Warrington's Richie Myler at scrum-half. The closest thing to a surprise in the rest of the line-up is that Garreth Carvell is preferred to Eorl Crabtree on the bench.
McClennan has also finalised his formation, leaving out Wakefield's Glenn Morrison. That means a place in the second-row for Hull's Willie Manu, a Tongan who was included in a preliminary England squad last year, under the residential qualification rule.
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