Jon Wilkin and Jamie Peacock hail England ‘superstar’ that has ‘lit up the World Cup’

There have been a number of standout performers for England in the first two games of the Rugby League World Cup.

As Shaun Wane’s men have racked up 102 points, their attack in particular has looked superb with a number of stars showing their class on the international stage.

But across the two games, it’s hard to argue that anyone has impressed more thane Newcastle Knights winger Dom Young.

The former Huddersfield man has notched four tries across the two games, with multiple long-range efforts showcasing his incredible athleticism and skill.

Speaking in commentary during England’s 42-18 win over France at the University of Bolton Stadium, former England player and now BBC pundit Jon Wilkin heaped praise on the speedster after a sensational intercept try.

“He’s unbelievable,” said Wilkin “Sometimes, time slows down when you are watching a game and when that ball was in the air, you knew Dom Young was going to take it and you knew he was going to have the speed.

“It was beautiful to watch him open up that stride. He is exceptional. It is a really smooth running style.

“Some people are clunky when they run but Dom Young is definitely not that. He is smooth, elegant and stylish.

“He’s a try scorer, he’s a star and he’s lit up this World Cup.”

Those thoughts were echoed by former England captain Jamie Peacock after the match, who also believes Young has become one of the main attractions of watching England in this World Cup.

“There is a superstar in the making with Dom Young,” said Peacock. “The moment he gets the ball in his hands the crowd comes alive and you expect something to happen – more often than not it does.

“I think what is making him stand out are those moments of individual brilliance. Then on top of that he has got some amazing teammates on his inside who are putting are putting him in the right place at the right time to score some wonderful tries as well.”

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