Tomkins happy to play wherever for England

England star Sam Tomkins has said he’d be happy to play either half-back or full-back for the national team during this autumn’s series against New Zealand – saying Steve McNamara has got some tough decisions to make.

Many feel Zak Hardaker should get a shot at full-back after an excellent season for Leeds, which would mean Tomkins playing in the halves, a position where he played earlier in his career – including with England.

And Tomkins insisted he’d be happy with either option, saying he’d play anywhere.

“Everyone’s got an opinion, but no one who picks the team has said where I’ll be playing,” he said. “I’m happy to play anywhere for England, it’s always a massive honour to pull on that jersey. Whatever the selectors choose, that’s fine by me.

“I’m happy at full-back because I’ve played there for the past few years but I’ve played quite a lot of rugby at half-back, I’ve played internationally at half-back, so it’s something I feel I can handle so it doesn’t bother me too much.

“(Zak Hardaker has) played brilliantly, he’s a very talented player, Zak, and I think this year, more than ever, he’s been able to show that. He’s been playing at full-back and playing really well so I think the England coach, Steve McNamara, has got some decisions to make and some tough ones but they’re probably headaches he’d like to have.”