Sam Dreams of England Homecoming

Sam Dreams of England Homecoming

Though England will be going all out to win their group, Sam Tomkins says he'd love to represent his country in front of his own fans at the DW Stadium.

The ground will host Quarter-Final 3 on November 16, which will pit the runners-up from Group A against the 3rd-placed team from Group B.

It means if England were to win their group then Tomkins would miss out on a potential appearance for his country in front of the Warriors faithful.

"To play in front of the Wigan fans for England would be brilliant," said Tomkins.

"The first time I played the Aussies was at the DW and that was a special day, which I will remember for a long time.

"I'd love the opportunity to create another memory like that. There'll be a lot of Wigan speccies down for that game, and that'd be a big boost for me, but we'll be going all out to win all of our matches."

Tomkins joined Warriors team-mates Sam Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Josh Charnley, Liam Farrell, Michael McIlorum and Lee Mossop in the England Elite Training squad camp in Loughbourough earlier this month.

And the current Man of Steel reports that preparation is going extremely well.

"The camp earlier in May was great and it's always good to get in amongst the boys, especially as it felt like a while since we last got together.

"And with the Exiles match coming up very soon it was vital that we got this kind of preparation in.

"There is a really good team spirit within the squad and that's definitely something that's evolved over the last year or two.

"The ETS and the Knights squads were brought in and the full set-up means that the lads are given the opportunity to see other much more regularly, and that's how friendships are built."

England face the Exiles in the International Origin match on June 14, and Tomkins believes that the game forms a crucial part of the team's preparations for Rugby League World Cup 2013.

"The International Origin match certainly takes on an extra dimension with it being World Cup year, and it's something we see as a very important part of our preparations.

"I think Exiles concept is great and I'm sure they will provide us with an extremely tough test, which is exactly what we need ahead of showdowns with the top sides at the end of the year.

"There are also a few bragging rights at stake. There are a lot of team-mates who'll come up against one another and the last thing we want is the Aussies and Kiwis bragging at training.

"It's important that we win."

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