Former English National coach Steve McNmara believes that Sam Tomkins could have led them to World Cup glory had he played the final. England were beated 7-0 by Australia in the final and hope to go one better with the World Cup being held on the home shores this autumn. As new coach Shun Wane unveils his latest squad, Sam Tomkins produced a man of the match performance for the Catalans Dragons in the Super League.
“There are some very good players and Sam is up there, but what separates him from the others is his leadership skills,” McNamara said. “He is a genuine leader and, in my opinion, if Sam Tomkins plays full-back in the World Cup final in Brisbane, England score enough points to win the game.”
The Catalans have been forced to pay for their own chartered flight during the ongoing pandemic. They face their third successive trip to England to take on Wakefield Trinity in the Challenge Cup. McNamara has said that a third locdown in France should not hinder their trip to France later this month.
“It’s a pleasing start,” McNamara said. “We had a very limited period to get ready as a team and to find those two wins, in different styles, puts us in a good position. The rules for us are pretty much the same. There is not an issue with it whatsoever.”