“An utterly pointless game” fans rage after injuries in England fixture – How social media reacted to last night’s international

Last night England’s World Cup preparation was stifled by defeat to the Combined Nations All Stars. Despite a brace of tries from Wigan’s Liam Farrell, England suffered a 26-24 loss leaving question marks over their chances in this Autumn’s tournament.

There were plenty of worried club supporters last night. Leeds lost Ash Handley, Wigan could be without John Bateman for the next few weeks thanks to the game and Huddersfield’s Aidan Sezer went off injured as did Hull FC’s Jake Connor. Plenty weren’t pleased.

One of the best performers on the night was Jake Connor. Despite being English, the Hull FC fullback lined up for the Combined Nations and shone making many wonder whether he should’ve featured for England.

Liam Farrell was outstanding with a pair of tries however he received some unwanted attention on twitter.

However, Farrell’s spectacular first try made some question Connor’s defence.

Nonetheless, Wigan fans were proud of Farrell and the effort he produced.

Paul McShane on debut came up with another highlight of the game when he chased down run away winger Jermaine McGillvary.

The game served as a reminder of the difficulties international rugby faces in the current climate. It led some to believe that the World Cup should be postponed this year.

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