St Helens legend James Graham explains why he thinks Dom Young should start over Ryan Hall

As the knockout stages approach of the Rugby League World Cup, there are still plenty of question marks over who Shaun Wane’s strongest 13 is.

One of those question marks hangs over the wing spot. Wane has three outstanding wingers in his 24-man squad with St Helens star and Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson, ex-Leeds Rhinos man and Hull KR star Ryan Hall as well as up and coming NRL superstar Dom Young.

Many believe Tommy Makinson is nailed down for one of the wing spots but there is debate over the other with fans and pundits disagreeing over who should feature between Young and Hall.

Young is the competition’s top try scorer so far in the tournament with eight tries in three games but Hall is England’s all-time leading try scorer and has far greater experience.

However, St Helens legend James Graham explained why he thinks Dom Young should start ahead of Hall in the knockout stages.

On BBC he said: “For me Dom Young is a better finisher than Ryan Hall and we’ve seen that. We’ve seen that in this tournament, some of the tries he scored against Samoa, I don’t think Hall finishes them off as well as Young does.

“Dom Young is well-equipped defensively, he scored 18 tries in 26 games in the NRL in a team that’s not playing well. Opportunities are going to be few and far between, we’re talking a game of millimetres here.”

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