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Bennett To Make Tomkins Call

Bennett To Make Tomkins Call

England boss Wayne Bennett says he’s unsure if Sam Tomkins will start Saturday’s first Test against New Zealand. England take on the Kiwis in the first of the three-match series at Hull’s KCOM Stadium and Tomkins, fresh from helping Wigan Warriors win the Super League title, is not an automatic selection.

The 29-year-old has only just joined up with the rest of the squad preparing for Saturday’s game as he was at a wedding over the weekend and Bennett says he’s yet to decide if he will start after revealing Jonny Lomax is likely to get the nod at full-back.

Bennett said: “There’s a chance that Sam Tomkins will play. He only came in yesterday as he’s been at a wedding this weekend. He’s a very talented player – he probably won’t play full-back though as Lomax is a good fit there.”

Bennett says Hull FC’s Jake Connor has been among the players to catch his eye in training in the build-up so far and he is also pushing for a start.

The England coach added: “He’s quite understated and doesn’t say much in camp but he can play in a number of positions and he’s multi-talented, so he is a very good option for us.”

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