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England's Sam Tomkins is happy with the quality of opposition in the Autumn Series

By @SkySportsPeo.   Last Updated: 08/11/12 12:17pm

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Sam Tomkins: Believes England have deserved their one-sided victories

Sam Tomkins: Believes England have deserved their one-sided victories

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Full-back Sam Tomkins insists England's one-sided matches in the tri-nations have been due to the quality of Steve McNamara's side and not the poor level of opposition.

England kicked off the Autumn Series Internationals with a resounding 80-12 win over Wales and followed up that success last time out with a 44-6 success over France.

France will be the opposition once again on Sunday as the teams battle for the trophy at the City of Salford Stadium and Tomkins believes the matches have served in the team well ahead of the World cup.

The Wigan Warriors man would have loved to have taken on Australia and New Zealand, however, he has no qualms waiting until next year's showpiece event to face the world's best.

"The scorelines have been because teams have played well," he told Sky Sports.

"Our defensive efforts have been outstanding in the last couple of weeks and contributed to the one-sided scorelines."
Sam Tomkins

"We've dominated Wales and France at the weekend put out a strong team and played relatively well to their own standards, but our defensive efforts have been outstanding in the last couple of weeks and contributed to the one-sided scorelines.

"I think these games are a massive part of our World Cup preparations. It would have been better if we could have played the Aussies and Kiwis, there's no doubt about that, but playing against Wales and France have been the test for us that we needed."

Asked what England need to achieve to join Australia and New Zealand in the elite, Tomkins replied: "I think it's just consistency really, players playing the same position for a number of games as well as the team being consistent.

"Every successful team, that's what they do they go and perform week-in, week-out or game after game and that's probably what we've not had in the past few years."

The 2012 Super League season proved so near yet so far for the Warriors as they lost in the Challenge Cup and play-off semi-finals after securing the League Leaders' Shield.

Wigan have strengthened during the close season with the addition of Blake Green from Hull KR and Tomkins is determined to win silverware after missing out this time around.

"We've fallen short this year in two semi-finals. In the two previous years we've won the Grand Final and the Challenge Cup so we know we can win silverware. Next year our goal will be to win everything," he continued.

"We've recruited Blake Green to play in the halves. I think he's going to be a great acquisition for us. He's going to be in a successful team hopefully so he'll be a real strike player for us."

Tomkins is part of the England squad who have supported Movember, a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health - specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer, something he is proud to be a part of.

"When asked I stuck my hand up. I've got facial hair like a 12-year-old boy so it doesn't help. I'll do my best." Will he be keeping his new look permanently? "Definitely not."

Gillette and England Rugby League are proud to support Movember. Gillette's 'Best a Mo Can get Barbers' on Newburgh Street in London is free for all Mo Bros throughout the month. Visit www.facebook.com/GilletteUK

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