Wane makes positive impression on Lyne

Reece Lyne is determined to hit top form once the season restarts, after having had his first conversation with England coach Shaun Wane.

Wane held individual video calls with his initial pool of players that were due to meet for a gathering at Old Trafford last month.

It was the first time Lyne had ever spoken in-depth to Wane, who made it abundantly clear that the England squad would be picked on form.

“Everyone knows he’s a really honest bloke, so everything he says sticks,” Lyne said.

“He made it clear that if you’re playing well all season you will get that shirt whether you’re 13 or 39 and regardless of how many games you’ve played for England.

“It was a really good first chat; it’s the first I’ve had with him on a level like that and he seems a top guy. He was really honest, as you can tell with his interviews. It’s exciting times for England going forward and everyone is on an even keel.”

As an international centre, Lyne knows his opponent will have a target on his back heading into every game as they try to make their mark. He, however, is ready for that challenge.

“There are some real top-quality centres in the league and every week you come up against one. They’re fast and strong, it’s always a good battle and the key is to get one over your opponent and the challenge now will be to do that every week when we can get back on the field.”