Shaun Wane on George Williams, Warrington Wolves and what Daryl Powell can do

Warrington Wolves and George Williams in particular have come in for some criticism during the 2022 Super League season.

After a run of dismal results, the Wire halfback was given an opportunity by England head coach Shaun Wane to rekindle his form on the international stage against the Combined Nations All Stars.

And, Williams did not let his former mentor at the Wigan Warriors down, putting in an excellent and accomplished display in an 18-4 victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday.

For Wane, he wanted Williams to do some things different to what Warrington boss Daryl Powell has got out of him in 2022.

“I want them to run more and play straight and George did that today and glad to see he looked happy,” he said, “George looked like a different player this week.”

Wane does believe that the Wolves, who currently sit in the bottom half of Super League, will turn the corner soon.

“Warrington are a very good team and they will fix things. Just to get him [Williams] into a different camp with different players will do him good.

“I think Warrington will turn the corner, they have too many good players but George looked like a different player this week. This is a big club, a club that wants to do things and it’s not going their way at the minute.

“Weeks like this for George and Mike Cooper it’ll do them the world of good to have a bit of a change.”

There had been a bit of controversy leading up to the fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium – the home of Warrington Wolves – with both England and the All Stars decimated by key withdrawals.

The likes of Morgan Knowles and Mark Percival had been withdrawn by St Helens during the week leading up to the fixture whilst Jai Field and Bevan French had been taken out by Wigan Warriors for the All Stars.

It was, however, an international hit out finally for both Shaun Wane and Ellery Hanley as Jake Wardle – on debut – as well as George Williams and John Bateman led the try-scoring way for England.

Of course, it was Salford Red Devils powerhouse Ken Sio who finished off the All Stars’ only try as England ended with an 18-4 win, but there were some feisty moments on display.

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