Warrington duo help England to All Stars win


GEORGE Williams was on the scoresheet as England beat Combined Nations All Stars at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Williams and Wolves team-mate Mike Cooper put their club form to one side as England avenged last year’s defeat in the same fixture with an 18-4 win.

Jake Wardle marked his debut with a try after 11 minutes, before Williams backed up John Bateman’s break to touch down.

Both tries were converted by Sam Tomkins and England led 12-0 at half-time.

Picture Eddie Whitham

A crowd of 9,393 turned up for only Shaun Wane’s third game in charge as England prepare for the World Cup at the end of the year.

The Halliwell Jones Stadium will host games at the World Cup, and England could end up playing their quarter-final in Warrington.

Ellery Hanley was the opposing coach for this game and in a bizarre twist, Wolves hooker Daryl Clark started for Combined Nations despite being part of the England training squad.

George Williams heading for the line – Picture Eddie Whitham

Another Wolves player, centre Peter Mata’utia, started at full-back.

Bateman’s second half try made the game safe for England before Salford winger Ken Sio got one back.

Earlier in the day, England women beat France 36-10 in their final game before the Women’s World Cup.

Picture Eddie Whitham

England: Tomkins, Makinson, Watkins, Wardle, Hall, Welsby, Williams, Walmsley, McIlorum, Cooper, Farrell, McMeeken, Bateman. Interchanges: McShane, Batchelor, Lees, Oledzki.

Combined Nations All Stars: Mata’utia, Sio, Martin, Kenny-Dowall, Fonua, Miller, Croft, Sao, Clark, Tetevano, Edwards, Tanginoa, Prior. Interchanges: Leeming, Lovodua, Satae, Fifita.


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