Tomkins looks to go all out in the final

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Sam Tomkins, right, is England's all-time leading try-scorer
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Sam Tomkins, right, is England's all-time leading try-scorer

French tormentor Sam Tomkins grabbed a double to become England's all-time leading tryscorer and warned Les Tricolores to expect more of the same in next Sunday's return clash.

The Wigan full-back marked his return from injury with two first-half tries in Saturday's 44-6 win over France to take his tally for England to 14 in as many appearances, breaking the record set by former Wigan and St Helens winger Alf Ellaby in 1935.

"It was good to get that game back under my belt," said Tomkins, who missed last week's 80-12 win over Wales as well as the end of the Super League season with Wigan with a knee injury. "Luckily I've not been injured before, six weeks seemed like a long time. It's nice to have the confidence that I've got a game under my belt and I'll be going full out next week."

He went on: "The knee is fine, I didn't feel it once in the game. That was perfect really I think.

"I got brought off before the end because I'd not played for six weeks and so was short of a bit of match fitness.

"He wanted me to have a taste this week and next week I'll hopefully be playing 80 minutes."

France must be dreading facing a fully-fit Tomkins, who scored four tries against them in a Four Nations match at Leigh two years ago.

He has some way to go before matching the legendary status of another Wigan winger, Mick Sullivan, who scored 41 tries in 46 Great Britain appearances from 1954-63, but, at 23, Tomkins could have a decade of international rugby league in front of him.

"I'm over the moon with that," Tomkins said of the England record. "Someone mentioned before I went out that I needed a couple to get it so I'm really happy.

"Fingers crossed I'll have a few more tries for England in the future."

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