England’s team to face Samoa was revealed last week, and social media was NOT happy.
Wayne Bennett’s selection raised eyebrows as he left out Alex Walmsley and Scott Taylor, with the Australian duo of Chris McQueen and Chris Heighington selected ahead of them, while Saints’ Mark Percival was the other exclusion with Zak Hardaker selected at centre and Stefan Ratchford at fullback.
In some cases, there was a clear sense of outrage among supporters, and a lot of the unrest was aimed directly at Bennett himself. Here’s how Twitter reacted:
Wayne Bennett supposedly being the best coach in the world is nothing more than a mythical concept. That @England_RL team is a disgrace.
— Johnny Gordon (@JohnnyGordon6) May 4, 2017
— talkSPORTDrive (@talkSPORTDrive) May 4, 2017
— Chaz Kirkwood (@TedBill) May 4, 2017
Some expressed sympathy for the omitted trio.
— jaz (@jazminxkirk) May 4, 2017
— tasha? (@tashsearyxo) May 4, 2017
— Adam (@agill1987) May 4, 2017
Others were keen to pick out the positives. League Express reporter Gareth Walker saved praise for the selection of Mike McMeeken.
In among the head-scratching of England selection, a genuine success story is a debut for Hampshire-born Mike McMeeken, great story
— Gareth Walker (@garethwalker) May 4, 2017