Super League: Sam Tomkins focused on Wigan Warriors and England
Last Updated: February 20, 2013 7:11pm
Sam Tomkins: praised brother Joel for adapting to life in the 15-man code so quickly
Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins is hoping to be fit to face London Broncos on Sunday after recovering from a shoulder injury quicker than expected.
The England international missed the Warriors' 22-10 defeat at Huddersfield last weekend after being hurt in the 17-all draw with Warrington in round two of the Super League season.
"I know the switch from league to union isn't as easy as a lot people might think."
It was feared Tomkins might have suffered a broken bone, though it was later diagnosed as muscle damage and bruising. He was expected to sit out the clash with the Broncos but the player himself says he has a "good chance" of returning to action.
"I'm not far off," the reigning Man of Steel told Sky Sports.
"I got the injury in the Warrington game - I just got a knee in my shoulder which I've had a few problems with.
"It's looking pretty good, it's actually improved more than we thought this week and it's looking like there's a good chance I'll play on Sunday against London."
Without one of their star men the Warriors went down on the road at the John Smith's Stadium; they threw away an early 10-0 lead against the Giants to suffer their first defeat of the campaign.
They had begun in 2013 with a comfortable victory at Salford before a late Lee Briers drop goal denied them victory at the end of a pulsating clash with the Wolves the following Friday.
"The first game against Salford we were relatively happy with," Tomkins replied when asked about Wigan's season so far.
"Warrington the week after was a real tough game that could have gone either way. Looking back on that, a draw was probably a fair result.
"Against Huddersfield we were really upset with the way we played - we didn't reach our full potential. We gave them too much of the ball and paid for it in the end with a loss."
Sam's older brother Joel - who left Wigan to switch codes and play rugby union - will also be in action for his club this weekend, having been released from the England national squad to return to Saracens.
However, the younger Tomkins is proud of how well his sibling has adapted to the 15-man game and feels he will get a chance in Stuart Lancaster's side.
"All credit to him. I know the switch from league to union isn't as easy as a lot of people might think," he admitted. "People say 'it's rugby all the same'. It's certainly not.
"As soon as Joel moved over to Saracens, he realised then the massive task ahead of him.
"But I know how hard he trains; Joel is a true competitor and he was going to do everything he could to make it work.
"It's starting to pay off now. I'm proud when he gets picked for England. He played a couple of games for the Saxons, and once you're in that international frame anything can happen.
"Hopefully, at some point, he'll get a shot in the team."
Tomkins himself has been linked with a move to union, though he insisted again he is only focused on the season ahead for both Wigan and England, with a World Cup coming up at the end of the year.
"I'd never say never," the 23-year-old said on changing codes. "There will be opportunities hopefully in a few years' time when I might think about rugby union.
"But, for the time being, I'm firmly focused on playing for England and Wigan in rugby league."