Why Jonny Lomax is unsure whether he will play for England in the Rugby League World Cup

Jonny Lomax has perhaps been Super League’s best player since 2018 and on Saturday played a massive role in retaining St Helens’ Super League crown.

Not only did he create Saints’ opening try for Matty Lees within minutes of kick off, he also bossed the game picking up the Harry Sunderland Award as Man of the Match a feat made all the more impressive by the fact he has spent a huge chunk of the season managing a bicep injury which he spoke about after the game.

“The arm I’ve hidden it,” Lomax said, “It was a lot harder than what I let on. I suppose it’s one of them that’s about showing up for your mate. We lost Doddy but it’s not just him we’ve had adversity all through the year.”

”I found a way I could take to the field, Percy and Sione have taken to the field today and will be sore. We talk about respecting each other and we set out to achieve something and I wasn’t going to let something I can manage through the season affect it.”

“First 6-8 weeks was difficult just trying to stay on the field and bring organisation. Big thing then going back into the line and defending but you’ve got to find a way and keep adapting doing what we can. If Doddy had been available it would have been an easier decision in terms of how to manage the injury.”

So, the injury didn’t get in the way of Lomax winning the Grand Final and Harry Sunderland Award yet it may get in his way when it comes to representing England in the World Cup.

Lomax missed England’s latest game against the Combined Nations and depending how his injury review goes after the final, his bicep may see him miss out on the World Cup too with the stand-off saying after the final with regarding his chances of playing for England: “I don’t know. We’ll speak to the medical team and we’ll have a review and we’ll go from there.”

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