McNamara hints at changes
England coach Steve McNamara may make changes for the clash with France despite beating Wales 80-12.
McNamara will on Sunday begin 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 Craven Park next Saturday, 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."
One man hoping to keep his spot is evergreen forward Adrian Morley, who returned to the international scene to make his 51st appearance.
"I really enjoyed it," said the 35-year-old Warrington captain. "After being over-looked for the Exiles games in mid-season, it was a goal of mine to make the squad at the end of the year.
"Thankfully I got in the squad and I've loved every minute of the last two weeks' building up to the game.
"Wales were very spirited and caused us a few problems but I thought we had that bit of class to get the win.
"I thought it was a real worthwhile exercise. Obviously Wales need to play against the better sides to see where they're at and it was a good hit-out for us as well."
Full-back Zak Hardaker, winger Ryan Hall and centre Leroy Cudjoe all scored two tries and others came from Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Kallum Watkins, Gareth Ellis and Rob Burrow while Kevin Sinfield kicked 12 goals in a man-of-the-match performance on his first appearance as England captain.
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