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“I think it’s beyond dreams to be honest” – Warrington Wolves’ George Williams on captaining England

Since George Williams made the switch back to Super League after an impressive first season in the NRL, it’s safe to say things haven’t gone as many expected for the former Wigan half at Warrington.

No doubt an excellent player, the Wolves have been in transition which has made things really difficult for Williams as a star player.

However, his effort cannot be questioned, and he will be one of the cornerstones of Warrington’s rebuild in 2023.

Nonetheless, if he needed any further vindication, he got it today when it was confirmed he would be captaining England against Fiji as Shaun Wane’s side prepare for the World Cup.

With Sam Tomkins unavailable and John Bateman who captained England last year banned, the burden falls to another ex-Wigan man in Williams and it’s safe to say Williams is very proud to do so.

“It was a surprise actually,” Williams said on Warrington’s social media, “When Waney told me the news, he grabbed me, and told me, it was unreal.

“It will be the pinnacle of my career to captain my country. It’s massive for me, for my family, for everyone who has helped me along the way.

“I’ll cherish it, and I’m looking forward to it leading this great group out.”

When asked if it was a dream come true, he said it was beyond a dream: “I think it’s beyond dreams to be honest. You dream to play for England which is the main one but to captain them was never on my radar, so like I say I’m blown away.”

He only hopes that he can lead England to a good performance as they prepare for their World Cup campaign: “It’s the start of our journey and we want to put our best foot forward and in the run into the Samoa game we don’t want to be reviewing it and disappointed with our performance at the start of our journey.”

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