Rugby League World Cup: Wane backs Tomkins trio for England

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane believes it is possible that all three Tomkins brothers could play for England but feels it will be in rugby league and not union.

Joel Tomkins is set to make his union debut for England at the weekend as Stuart Lancaster’s men kick off their autumn international programme against Australia at Twickenham.

Brother Sam faces Ireland at Huddersfield in the 13-man code on the same day as England look to bounce back from defeat to Australia in the Rugby League World Cup.

There is a third brother in the talented sporting family, with 21-year-old Logan plying his trade in Super League for Wigan at club level while also appearing for the second-string England Knights.

The three Burgess brothers – Sam, George and Tom – are in England’s 13-man World Cup squad and featured in the 28-20 defeat by Australia at the weekend.

And Wane believes that Joel will have to move back to rugby league if he and his siblings are ever to match the feat achieved by the Burgess family.

“There’s a chance of all three doing it and it would be league,” he told BBC Radio 5 live. “Joel’s still learning his game in rugby union and I played rugby union myself so I know how difficult that is.

“For him to do what he’s done in that short period is outstanding.

“Sam’s a league man and so is young Logan so if there’s any game [they will play together for England in] it’s going to be rugby league.”

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