Herbie Farnworth led tributes to veteran winger Ryan Hall after making a glorious return to the international rugby championship in England’s 42-18 World Cup victory over France on Saturday night.
The former Leeds favorite, who turns 35 a week after the World Cup final, was barred from Shaun Wane’s side for the opening match of the tournament, Samoa’s 60-6 defeat in Newcastle, but has made the most of his lure by scoring brace against the French at Bolton.
Hall scored two goals in the opening 11 minutes bringing his impressive tally of England tries to 37 in 39 appearances. This allowed him to equalize in third place with former Australia captain Darren Lockyer on the all-time international scorers list, with only Ken Irvine (40) and Mick Sullivan (46) in front.
Hall now has 12 World Cup tries, which have come in the last three tournaments of 2013, 2017 and 2021, which places him one behind Australian Bob Fulton, with only Jarryd Hayne (14) and Billy Slater (16) more forward in the pecking order.
Hall’s total of 226 Super League tries also puts him second to former Leeds teammate Danny McGuire, now assistant manager of his latest club, Hull KR, on the all-time list.
Farnworth had a hand in both of Hall’s tries at Bolton University Stadium and says it was a privilege to be his center.
“It’s a great honor,” said Farnworth. “Someone told me he broke a meta record today and if that’s true, being a part of it is a very special moment.
“What he has done internationally and also at the club level is enormous and sharing the pitch with someone like that and being by his side is really special.”
Hall, whose previous appearance in England had been in the 2017 World Cup final in Brisbane, was overshadowed in the later stages of Saturday’s match by 21-year-old Dom Young, who continued his exciting entry onto the international stage with two more. destinations.
His second was a long-field effort that former England manager Steve McNamara said reminded him of Martin Offiah, and Hall expects his young rival to make a similar impression on his career.
“It’s great to train with Dom,” Hall said. “He is a young athlete and he is still learning the game.
“He has obvious raw talents that he has shown and will get better and better with age.
“He needs some tune-up in a couple of areas, but his head is like a sponge and will absorb everything and pick up things.
“He started off right, I’m sure you will hear his name for years to come.”
Wane is likely to bring Tommy Makinson back for next Saturday’s last Group A match against Greece in Sheffield and now he has to decide which player to drop.
John Bateman and Mikolaj Oledzki made their first appearances in the tournament alongside rookies Andy Ackers and Marc Sneyd as Wane began his rotation policy before the knockout stage.
This leaves Joe Batchelor and Kai Pearce-Paul as the only unused members of his 24-man squad, and Wane has confirmed that both will be making their debut at Bramall Lane.
Definitely out of the Greece game is center Kallum Watkins, forced out with a head injury in the 12th minute of the second half.