The standout star of the World Cup so far has to be Dom Young.
Going into the first game between England and Samoa at St James’ Park, there was no guaranteed that he would start with Ryan Hall and Tommy Makinson also in the squad but after he shone in a friendly against Fiji, he got the nod in that opening game against Samoa.
He immediately made headlines with a world class brace. The first showed his speed, power and athleticism as he ran 50 metres and rounded the fullback to score.
The second saw him produce and acrobatic finish demonstrating that he can do just about anything.
Then against France, there was another brace. The first was easy as they come but the second was a length of the field intercept.
He’s grown into a world class player over the last few years since leaving Huddersfield for Newcastle where in 2022 he was scoring tries for fun.
In doing so, he has proven former St Helens man and Super League Champion Kyle Amor wrong.
Amor played in the game Young made his debut in and didn’t think he would go on to cut the mustard.
He said on BBC: “The pace and the athleticism on the young man is incredible. He made his debut in Round 18 in 2019 against St Helens.
“I was playing in that game and I remember looking out and seeing this kid who was 6 foot 7, this real tall, lanky, skinny kid and thinking you know surely he isn’t going to be able to cut the mustard but my word, we’ve seen yesterday, as soon as he caught the ball 23,000 fans in Bolton yesterday know it’s going to be a try.”
So, Young has proven him wrong and others and England’s World Cup hopes may hinge on him.