When Sam Tomkins left Wigan in 2013, there was a fear that the Warriors would struggle without him.
The club evolved and found a new star in the shape of George Williams in the halves and soon they brought him together with the returning Tomkins and it was a match made in heaven.
Before long they headed to pastures new and are now Super League rivals with Sam Tomkins leading the Catalans Dragons and George Williams at the heart of Warrington’s rebuild under Daryl Powell.
Despite being part of opposing Super League sides, Tomkins gave huge praise to his England teammate Williams after England’s 60-6 win over Samoa in which the two were again reunited and caused havoc for Samoa.
Tomkins may play with the likes of Josh Drinkwater and Mitchell Pearce at Catalans Dragons, who surely are in the conversation as Super League’s best halves especially Pearce as an NRL and State of Origin winner.
He also had the chance to play with young Jack Welsby today and on other occasions in an England shirt whilst Tomkins has also lined up alongside St Helens’ star Jonny Lomax.
Nonetheless, to him Williams is the best halfback in the competition despite the fact his Warrington side finished 11th this year.
“I thought there were a lot of players had they got Man of the Match, it wouldn’t have been a surprise.
“For me I thought George Williams was outstanding today. A lot of good stuff he did was the things you might not notice, the talk on the field. He really got hold of the team,” Tomkins said.
“I’m George’s biggest fan, I think he is brilliant. He’s had a tough season with Warrington. This is the opportunity for him to show how good he is. I believe he’s the best halfback in our competition.”
Now can Williams cement that by guiding England to the World Cup trophy?