Now that England’s hopes of Rugby League World Cup glory have gone in 2022, the focus shifts to 2025.
The tournament takes place in France – where Great Britain last won the trophy in 1972 – and it could be a very different team.
Here’s our prediction.
Fullback: Jack Welsby
Jack Welsby will likely spent the rest of his career at fullback and become Super League’s star fullback. The heir to Sam Tomkins, he will likely become the star of England rugby league.
Wingers: Dom Young & Ash Handley
Dom Young is already a star and by 2025 could be one of the best wingers on the planet and just about hitting his prime. By then Tommy Makinson and Ryan Hall will have retried from international rugby so we could see Ash Handley finally get him moment in the sun as the ideal international wingers scoring tries and making metres.
Centres: Harry Newman & Herbie Farnworth
If Harry Newman avoids injury he too could become World Class and will star for England. Meanwhile, Herbie Farnworth showed on Saturday that he already is and should star for England for the next decade.
Halfbacks: Will Pryce & Harry Smith
Expected to move to the NRL, Will Pryce could have developed into one of the most dangerous halfbacks in the world by 2025. Alongside him will be Harry Smith who also has creativity but also offers game smarts.
Props: Luke Thompson & Tom Burgess
Two stars from the 2022 World Cup, these two will be veterans by the time the 2025 World Cup comes around but could still be vital to the England team.
Hooker: Brad O’Neill
At the other end of the age spectrum, Brad O’Neill will have developed into an even better nine by 2025. He’s already won a Challenge Cup and will likely be a real weapon from nine in the next few years.
Second-Rowers: John Bateman & Kai Pearce-Paul
Bateman is a world class forward and will still be young enough to star for England in 2025. He will provide experience whilst Kai Pearce-Paul develops into a dangerous force especially with an NRL move expected.
Loose-Forward: Victor Radley
Speaking of the NRL, Radley will be 27 by the time of the next World Cup so in his prime. Already brilliant, he should be even better.
Substitutes: Mikey Lewis, Mikolaj Oledzki, Matty Lees, Morgan Knowles
Mikey Lewis is best in the halves but his skill level would make him a special player off the bench. Meanwhile, Mikolaj Oledzki and Matty Lees would likely be two of Super League’s bets props by 2025 maybe even world best. Lastly, Morgan Knowles would again provide certain quality and a winning mentality.