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Shaun Wane all but confirms England’s 2023 series opponents

Shaun Wane is already looking ahead to the 2025 Rugby League World Cup where he hopes to reach the final in France after coming up short last year.

Their first step in preparing for this next step is an autumn series this year.

Despite talk down under of “a secret plan” to revive the Four Nations without England but including all of their potential opponents.

However, speaking to International Rugby League Shaun Wane all but confirmed a series with Tonga:

“As far as I’m aware it’s not set in stone, done, yet, but it more than likely will be happening and I’m looking forward to it.

“I’m confident that everyone like the RFL and IMG knows the importance of international rugby, and with that many people supporting it is going to get better and will improve.”

“If you look at Samoa and Tonga, they are bigger than us and that’s how I’m judging the players now – the size of the teams and the athletic look of the teams that are going to challenge us in 2025.

“Can they handle Samoa in the semi-final of a World Cup in France?

“I don’t look at Mikey Lewis playing against a Salford, a Wigan or a Saints, I’m thinking how will he go against Samoa in a semi-final when the pressure is on getting beat by one point and that’s the same for every player for what I’m looking at.”

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