Four Nations 2011: Thomas Leuluai hails England's Sam Tomkins

Four Nations final: England v Australia

Elland Road, Leeds
Saturday, 19 November
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England's Ryan Hall scores a one-handed try against New Zealand

New Zealand's Thomas Leuluai says Wigan colleague Sam Tomkins is a "special player" who can help England beat Australia in the Four Nations final.

Leuluai is a club colleague of Tomkins at Wigan but was on the end of a 28-6 defeat by England on Saturday.

"He's a special player," Leuluai said. "I found out I'm glad he's on my side.

"If England's pack dominate like that [against Australia], Sam's going to have the time and space. I'm definitely going for England."

Tomkins scored the fourth try in a win that eliminated defending champions New Zealand and ensured England will meet favourites Australia in the final at Elland Road on Saturday, and Leuluai said his side had simply failed to cope with the 22-year-old.

"I tried to tell them about him but trying to stop him is a different story," he said.

The full-back also impressed in England's 36-20 defeat by the Kangaroos in the sides' meeting earlier in the tournament and his international performances follow a season of excellent club form.

Tomkins led the Super League standings in the number of tries, tackles broken and clean breaks as the Warriors finished second in the regular season before losing to St Helens in the play-off semi-finals.

Earlier in the year he combined with older brother Joel to score a length-of-the-field effort in Wigan's Challenge Cup final victory over Leeds at Wembley.

Tomkins recently signed a five-year deal to remain with Wigan amid reported interest from rugby union and National Rugby League sides in Australia.

Leuluai, who won his 30th cap for the Kiwis in their defeat by England, continued: "Sam's definitely going to be one of the main threats.

"If they play like that and complete the sets like they did, they definitely have a chance of winning.

"They've got a great forward pack who dominated and, if they do that again, they've got a big chance."

However, he also warned: "If they don't dominate, Sam is going to get cut down."

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