England will be without Sam Tomkins for this year’s Four Nations – but who will be the man to step into the fullback role for Wayne Bennett in this year’s Four Nations?
With Tomkins fit and healthy, Bennett had four leading contenders to pick from – but that has now been whittled down to three, realistically.
Here’s the leading trio – and have your say on you think should be picked in our vote below!
Technically the man who has possession of the shirt after last year’s Four Nations; Hardaker has played centre mostly during his time in the NRL with Penrith, but he will be eager to show his worth in his natural position as he bids to impress Bennett to nail down a spot in the England side.
Lomax has been arguably the in-form fullback in Super League in recent months. Since coming back from a serious injury at the start of the season, he has been crucial to the Saints’ run to the Super League play-off semi-finals – and will again be vital in their chances of making Old Trafford.
Shaul has impressed all year in a Hull side still hunting further silverware at Old Trafford next weekend. Dynamic, rapid and ultra-reliable the back, Bennett will have surely taken note of Shaul’s performances in 2016 when considering his fullback; even before the injury to Tomkins.