City-born rugby league star leads England to victory

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MILTON Keynes-born rugby league star Sam Tomkins was the hero for England on Saturday as he scored four tries to help his country to an emphatic 42-4 victory over Wales in their Four Nations opener.

The 22-year-old was born in the city, but moved to the north west in the early 1990s where he quickly made a name for himself in the local amateur game before getting his big break with Wigan Warriors.

Tomkins was named Young Player of the Year in 2010, helping Wigan to Super League and Challenge Cup success, and has also become an England regular at full-back, leading to his superb four-try performance in Leigh.

England now play favourites Australia at Wembley Stadium on Saturday and New Zealand seven days later in Hull, hoping to finish in the top two and book a place in the final at Elland Road.