Tomkins pleased with England progress

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Sam Tomkins, right, says England are 'getting better and better'
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Sam Tomkins, right, says England are 'getting better and better'

Sam Tomkins believes there is an exciting future for England as they prepare to head into World Cup year.

The Wigan full-back was at the heart of England's latest success, scoring two tries in a 48-4 rout of France in the final of the autumn international series at Salford City Stadium. Steve McNamara's men scored 172 points and conceded just 22 in their three matches against France and Wales.

"I think the series has been a massive success for us," Tomkins said. "It's not only the three convincing wins but what we've done on the training field. We're a lot tighter group now."

He added: "We know the structures that we've got in place work and we're getting better and better.

"It's hard to get that fluency when you've been battering each other for 28 weeks and all of a sudden you've got to get together.

"What I think Steve Mac has done is get all the lads to be mates which I think goes a long way in rugby league.

"Starting with the trip to South Africa, the camp's just been brilliant, the best I've been involved in so I'm excited about what's to come."

England will next be in action against the Exiles in June but the acid test will come next October when they kick off their World Cup campaign against Australia in Cardiff.

Tomkins knows that will be a big step up from facing France and Wales but he believes England could not be in much better shape right now.

"We always perform better as a national side on home soil and our preparations are better than anyone's, I can assure you of that," he said. "So we're putting ourselves in the best position. We've just got to perform next year now."

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