Wayne Bennett has today announced his 24 man squad for the World Cup in Australia. With Zak Hardaker banned, the opportunity for Sam Tomkins looked to be there however Bennett has stuck to his guns and picked from his training squad, picked earlier in the year, meaning that Tomkins misses out with Jonny Lomax and Stefan Ratchford set to fight it out for the number 1 jersey. A bitter blow for for Tomkins, but what a great boost for Wigan in 2018 – a fully fit Sam Tomkins after his first full preseason in years.
Elsewhere, John Bateman, Sean O’Loughlin and George Williams are the representatives from Wigan. Liam Farrell perhaps unlucky to not make the 24 man squad, another notably absentee from Wigan although perhaps understandable is Joe Burgess.