Though Salford, Leeds and Wigan fans were no doubt delighted by the news this morning that Alex Walmsley wouldn’t be around to cause havoc in the play-offs – especially after what he did to Leeds in last year’s semi-final – any pure rugby league fans were surely disappointed.
Not just as it leaves England without a key component in their side going into the World Cup this year, but because you want to see the best players playing the big games and Walmsley has been one of the best players around for a decade now. So, to see the play-offs without him will be very strange indeed.
It also makes things tougher for defending Champions St Helens as they look to retain their crown for an unprecedented four titles in a row.
So, tough for Kristian Woolf and Saints fans to take, it surely is toughest on Walmsley who has seen his dreams of winning a fifth Grand Final go up in smoke as well as any opportunity of winning the World Cup with England.
It’s his testimonial year as well exacerbating the blow for sure.
However, the tough prop has shown the toughness of his character in his message on Twitter following the injury in which he says he’ll be backing his teammates this weekend.
“Really disappointed that my season has ended in the way that it has and to miss out on the playoffs with the boys and the World Cup.
“Looking forward to supporting the team this weekend and hopefully beyond. Thanks for all the messages and support.
“See you in 2023.”
Really disappointed that my season has ended in the way that it has and to miss out on the playoffs with the boys and the World Cup.
Looking forward to supporting the team this weekend and hopefully beyond.
Thanks for all the messages and support. See you in 2023 👊🏼 pic.twitter.com/RgDXSzkuMU
— Alex Walmsley (@engywalmsley) September 13, 2022
Making matters worse, it’s thought that Saints may be without Matty Lees however Mark Percival and Sione Mata’utia are expected to return.