New Zealand v England: Tomkins wants World Cup revenge

Sam Tomkins after New Zealand's 20-18 defeat of England in the 2013 World Cup
Sam Tomkins after New Zealand's 20-18 defeat of England in the 2013 World Cup
Four Nations: New Zealand v England
Date: Saturday, 8 November Kick-off: 07:00 GMT Coverage: Live on BBC Two from 06:30 and Radio 5 live sports extra from 06:55 with live text commentary online from 06:30.
Highlights: Saturday - 13:10 on BBC One. Sunday - 22:00 BBC Two, 22:30 BBC Two NI, 23:00 BBC Two Scotland and 23:30 BBC Two Wales.

Sam Tomkins says England go into Saturday's Four Nations match against New Zealand looking to erase the memory of their last-minute World Cup semi-final defeat 12 months ago.

The full-back was part of an England team left "hurting" by Shaun Johnson's converted try at Wembley, which sent the Kiwis through to the 2013 final.

If England win by 10 points in Dunedin, they will make the series final.

"We certainly feel like we owe them one," said Tomkins.

Highlights: New Zealand 20-18 England

Tomkins has played alongside Kiwis squad members Johnson, Manu Vatuvei, Thomas Leuluai and Simon Mannering in his maiden season for New Zealand Warriors and says he has "offered a couple of little bits to the coaches on how certain players play".

And the Four Nations series has reunited Tomkins with seven of his former Wigan team-mates, including brother Joel who has returned to Rugby League after three years in Union.

Joel said: "I really enjoyed it but I was approached to return to league and the timing was perfect. I feel I am a better league player than union player. That is the bottom line.

"We've got a bit of experience playing the Kiwis so we'll go into the Test with some confidence and hopefully get the job done."

Australia 16-12 England: Inglis scores winning Four Nations try

England coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged team - captain Sean O'Loughlin and fellow forward Liam Farrell both start after no action was taken over tackles they made against Australia. Centre Dan Sarginson keeps his place for England after impressing on his Test debut.

Leeds winger Ryan Hall is also keen to avenge last year's World Cup semi-final defeat.

He was denied a last-gasp try against the Kangaroos last weekend by the video referee, despite touching the ball with his fingertips, and said: "It was a bit of a repeat story from last year.

"I had a chance of an intercept in the last five minutes and that would have been game over, but I fumbled it and I couldn't sleep for three months after that.

"Luckily this time I get a game the following week to put it right."

England's Ryan Hall was denied a last-minute try against Australia by the video referee
England's Ryan Hall was denied a last-minute try against Australia by the video referee

England must win by 10 points to leapfrog New Zealand into top spot in the table and ensure a place in the final in Wellington on 15 November.

If England win by fewer than nine points, they could be overhauled by Australia, who meet Samoa in the last round-robin game on Sunday.

England team: S Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors); J Charnley (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), D Sarginson (Wigan), R Hall (Leeds); G Widdop (St George Illawarra), M Smith (Wigan); G Burgess (South Sydney), J Hodgson (Hull KR), J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs), L Farrell (Wigan), J Tomkins (Wigan), S O'Loughlin (Wigan, capt).

Replacements: D Clark (Castleford), B Ferres (Huddersfield), T Burgess (South Sydney), C Hill (Warrington).

New Zealand team: P Hiku (Manly), J Nightingale (St George Illawarra), S Kenny-Dowall (Sydney Roosters), D Whare (Penrith), M Vatuvei (New Zealand Warriors); K Foran (Manly), S Johnson (New Zealand Warriors); J Bromwich (Melbourne), I Luke (South Sydney), A Blair (Wests Tigers), S Mannering (New Zealand Warriors, capt), K Proctor (Melbourne), J Taumalolo (North Queensland).

Replacements: T Leuluai (New Zealand Warriors), G Eastwood (Canterbury Bulldogs), M Taupau (Wests Tigers), T Harris (Melbourne).

Top Stories