BBC Sport - Sam Tomkins injury a big blow for England - Steve McNamara
Tomkins injury a big blow - McNamara
- From the section Rugby League
England head coach Steve McNamara says that losing full-back Sam Tomkins to injury is a "big blow".
The 26-year-old, who will rejoin Wigan Warriors from New Zealand Warriors for the 2016 season, will miss the entire three-Test series against New Zealand after failing to recover from a knee injury that has kept him out of the game since August.
Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker, who won the 2015 Man of Steel award after a superb season for the Rhinos, is now likely to keep the number one shirt for the first Test against the Kiwis at Hull's KC Stadium on Sunday.
Video courtesy of the RFL.