Ex-St Helens man Jon Wilkin picks out England’s “flawless” star

England weren’t exactly flawless yesterday against France.

They started well with three quick tries but a 20 minute collapse saw the French claw back to within six points of Shaun Wane’s team.

In the second half of the game, England took control with four lovely tries but Wane and his coaching staff will want England to get back to the levels they set last week against Samoa when the quarter-finals come around.

However, as seen in that win against Samoa, England certainly have the quality needed to get all the way to the final.

Especially in the shape of their NRL stars, England have outstanding talent and one of those NRL stars really caught the eye yesterday in the little things he did rather than the big moments, those went to Dom Young of course.

The man in question is Brisbane centre Herbie Farnworth whom Jon Wilkin was full of praise for describing him as “flawless.”

Speaking on the BBC, Wilkin said: “How tidy is Herbie Farnworth, both sides of the ball. Defensively he was flawless against Samoa and had some great carries.

“Also, his involvements are always high quality from what I’ve seen. Big player.”

Farnworth’s game was developed by his Uncle from a very young age. His Uncle is Brian Foley, a former Wigan development coach and recruiter who took Farnworth to Australia repeatedly in his youth.

Now an England star, Foley must be proud and must be able to see that the extra effort the two put in has paid off.

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