Luke Thompson is one of the best forwards on the planet at the moment, so the fact England could afford to start him on the bench against a star-studded Samoan pack demonstrates how strong England are at the moment under Shaun Wane.
Nonetheless, it is still a treat seeing Thompson play especially in England after all it’s been years since we’ve seen him play on British soil with the 2019 Harry Sunderland Award winner leaving Saints for Canterbury Bulldogs in 2020 where he has stirred up some brilliant reviews and interest from NRL rivals Wests Tigers and Melbourne Storm.
It turns out Thompson was very happy to be back playing in England and alongside some of his former St Helens teammates like Tommy Makinson.
He revealed as such after the game when talking to Serious About Rugby League: “It was awesome, especially linking up with some of my old St Helens teammates like Tommy Mak. I miss playing with them, some good lads and they’re all great players.”
So, missing playing in England and alongside those St Helens stars, could we see him return to Super League any time soon?
He has constantly been linked with moves back to Super League with Wigan Warriors, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and former club St Helens all being linked with a move for the NRL forward.
Excitement built around this potential move, when Makinson posted on his Instagram a picture of them both with the caption “2023 confirmed.”
However, it seems unlikely with Thompson saying he has “unfinished business” in Australia but wouldn’t rule out a return to Super League one day: “I don’t know. I’ve got some unfinished business over there but maybe one day.”