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Sam Tomkins still has ‘plenty of rugby left’ as England face Kiwis at Anfield

• Wigan full-back never gave up on England after four-year exile
England won first match of three-Test series against Kiwis

Sam Tomkins has said he never feared his England career was over during his four-year exile from the national team as Wayne Bennett’s side look to secure a series victory over New Zealand on Sunday at Anfield with a game to spare.

Tomkins made his first appearance for England since 2014 – and his first under Bennett – last Saturday against the Kiwis in Hull, scoring the opening try as the hosts won the first game of the three-Test series 18-16. With the emergence of Stefan Ratchford and Jonny Lomax, Tomkins’s path back to the national set-up had appeared increasingly blocked. But following a superb season with Wigan, the 29-year-old was able to force his way into Bennett’s thinking.

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