Tomkins set to be given chance

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12th March 2014

Logan Tomkins will get the chance to emerge from the shadow of his famous older brothers.

The 22-year-old hooker is the only Tomkins left in First Utility Super League after Joel switched codes with Saracens and Sam made the move to the NRL.

The three-match ban handed out last night to England hooker Michael McIlorum for the tackle that broke Castleford Tigers winger Kirk Dixon's jaw on Sunday is set to earn the younger Tomkins an extended run in Wigan Warriors’ first team.

He has made only five starts in 30 Super League appearances but will now have the chance to put three together for the first time, starting with the visit of Hull KR to the DW Stadium on Friday night.

McIlorum has been a virtual ever-present for the Warriors over the last four years but coach Shaun Wane has revealed he had been planning to give him a three-week break at some stage this season.

Wane's options are restricted through the absence of the versatile Sam Powell, who deputised for McIlorum in the opening game against Huddersfield Giants but is currently sidelined with an ankle injury sustained in training.

But the coach has every confidence in Tomkins and says he has the option of switching Matty Smith and skipper Sean O'Loughlin into the role to ensure that he does not need to fill the dummy-half role for the full 80 minutes.

"Some time this year I was going to give him three weeks off anyway so that's forced on me now," Wane said.

"I've got the choice of putting George Williams on the bench and Matty Smith at hooker and there's the option of Lockers as well so I've got loads of options in that area. I've no worry about that at all."

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