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This is an exciting new era for the England rugby league team

Not only have England beaten New Zealand but they have done so with a group of youngsters who can hit even greater heights

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required

Much has been made of the star names who missed England’s 20-14 win over New Zealand at Anfield last weekend – but we should get used to it. This is the start of a new era for England, with most of the absentees unlikely to be on board come the 2021 World Cup, and some facing a major challenge to get back into Wayne Bennett’s squad at all.

The sensational performances by hat-trick scoring winger Tommy Makinson on just his third appearance, cannonball Luke Thompson and admirably adroit centre Jake Connor – all in their first season of international rugby – plus pocket rocket full-back Jonny Lomax, do not auger well for Ryan Hall, James Roby and Sam Burgess.

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