McNamara hints at changes
England coach Steve McNamara begins his preparations for a mini Test series against France after watching his side make an impressive start to their autumn internationals.
An 80-12 rout of outclassed Wales in Wrexham means that England are guaranteed a place in the final of the triangular tournament against France at the City of Salford Stadium on November 11.
The finalists will meet in a dress rehearsal at Hull KR's MS3 Craven Park next Saturday (2.30pm), when McNamara is likely to give run-outs to those members of his 24-man squad who did not feature against Wales.
"We don't get too many games at international level to experiment too much," McNamara said. "We may make some changes.
"We've got some very good players who didn't play against Wales, but it's a two-match series now against France.
"I'm sure they've got some motivation to come and play England after we've not played them for a while now. We'll prepare very well for that match."
McNamara, who gave no fewer than seven players their first caps at the Racecourse Ground, may have to find a replacement for Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin, who went off with a hamstring injury.
With four tries on his debut, Josh Charnley looks to have done enough to keep his place so Ryan Hall may make way for the return of Tom Briscoe at Hull KR, with McNamara admitting there is little to choose between all three wingmen.
"It's virtually a toss of a coin to decide who plays those positions," he said.
"Josh has been in tremendous form for his club and he got the nod this time around."
Forwards Luke Burgess, Liam Farrell and Ben Harrison are hoping to get the chance to play next week while utility back Stefan Ratchford has recovered from illness and full-back Sam Tomkins and half-back Rangi Chase are hoping to get the chance to prove their fitness after missing out Saturday through injury.
Chase was initially ruled out for the series after picking up a groin injury on England's training camp in South Africa, but a scan showed it to be less serious than thought and he was back with the group in north Wales.
McNamara is delighted with his selection issues, despite being denied the services of six Test regulars through injury and suspension.
"If our players are going to stay within our group know they have to produce every single time they play," he said.
"If you don't, then someone is going to take your spot and it's very difficult to get it back at international level."
England will play France on Saturday November 3, at MS3 Craven Park in Hull, kick off at 2.30pm.
The Autumn International Series concludes with the final at Salford City Stadium on Sunday November 11 (5.00pm) when England tackle France.
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