As Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Salford Red Devils battle for the play offs and Wigan Warriors and co battle for the League Leaders’ Shield, it is easy to think that the season is close to a conclusion but beyond Old Trafford is a trilogy of games between England and Tonga.
This comes as Shaun Wane prepares his side for the next World Cup after heart break in the semi final against Samoa.
Speaking of Samoa, it is believed that they will be the opponents for England in 2024.
This comes after Shaun Wane spoke ahead of the series with Tonga.
He spoke on the changes from the World Cup, notably new captain George Williams and coaching addition Lee Briers, explaining to the Sportsman Youtube channel why Warrington’s playmaker was the obvious choice for the armband,
“Yeah, it was easy. George is a lad I’ve known since we were 14 and now he’s like late 20s now. So he’s a quality player, really works hard on his game.
“He’s a great captain, speaks really well, which he’s not always done. But the way he grips the team now is so admirable. I rate him so highly, he’s going to do a great job as captain.”
We did see Williams debut as captain against France but the introduction of former Warrington player and current Brisbane Broncos assistant Lee Briers is a new change for this series, something Wane believes will be of huge benefit.
“Yeah, he’ll bring a lot Lee,” Wane explained to the Sportsman Youtube Channel.
“I know him from when he coached at Wigan, I know him from when he played at Warrington and coached there as well, so he’s going to bring a lot, he’s got experience with the NRL and all the overseas players we’ve got going to play, so he’s going to bring a lot, no question about that, he’s a really, really smart coach.”
Briers will arrive in the country following his Broncos side run in the playoffs, potentially with centre Herbie Farnworth.
It is highly likely he will be back in the UK again to take on Samoa.