England coach could make changes for the upcoming double-header with France
Last Updated: October 28, 2012 9:41pm
Steve McNamara: Could make changes despite thrashing Wales
England coach Steve McNamara has hinted that he is considering changes ahead of what is effectively a two-match series with France.
McNamara's side thrashed Wales 80-12 in Wrexham on Saturday to guarantee themselves a place in the final of the triangular tournament against France on November 11.
The finalists will meet in a dress rehearsal at Hull KR's Craven Park next Saturday, when McNamara is likely to give run-outs to those members of his 24-man squad who did not feature against Wales.
"We don't get too many games at international level to experiment too much. We may make some changes," McNamara said.
"We've got some very good players who didn't play against Wales, but it's a two-match series now against France.
"I'm sure they've got some motivation to come and play England after we've not played them for a while now. We'll prepare very well for that match."
A total of seven players were given their first caps against Wales, with Josh Charnley running in four tries on his debut.
The impressive performance may well be enough to keep his place in the side, meaning Ryan Hall could possibly make way for the return of Tom Briscoe.
"It's virtually a toss of a coin to decide who plays those positions. Josh has been in tremendous form for his club and he got the nod this time around," McNamara added.
Forwards Luke Burgess, Liam Farrell and Ben Harrison will be hoping for the chance to start, while utility back Stefan Ratchford has recovered from illness.
Full-back Sam Tomkins and half-back Rangi Chase are hoping to get the chance to prove their fitness after missing out yesterday through injury.
Chase was initially ruled out for the series after picking up a groin injury on England's training camp in South Africa, but a scan showed the problem to be less serious than thought.
McNamara is delighted with his selection dilemmas despite being denied the services of six Test regulars through injury and suspension.
"If our players are going to stay within our group know they have to produce every single time they play," he said.
"If you don't, then someone is going to take your spot and it's very difficult to get it back at international level."