RUGBY LEAGUE: England set to rotate for France double-header

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England coach Steve McNamara will begin his preparations for a mini Test series against France after watching his side make an impressive start to their autumn internationals.

An 80-12 rout of outclassed Wales in Wrexham on Saturday means that England are guaranteed a place in the final of the triangular tournament against France at the City of Salford Stadium on November 11.

The finalists will meet in a dress rehearsal at Hull KR’s Craven Park next Saturday, when McNamara is likely to give run-outs to those members of his 24-man squad who did not feature against Wales.

“We don’t get too many games at international level to experiment too much,” McNamara said. “We may make some changes.

“We’ve got some very good players who didn’t play against Wales, but it’s a two-match series now against France.

“I’m sure they’ve got some motivation to come and play England after we’ve not played them for a while now. We’ll prepare very well for that match.”

McNamara, who gave no fewer than seven players their first caps at the Racecourse Ground, may have to find a replacement for Wigan loose forward Sean O’Loughlin, who went off with a hamstring injury.

With four tries on his debut, Josh Charnley looks to have done enough to keep his place so Ryan Hall may make way for the return of Tom Briscoe at Hull KR, with McNamara admitting there is little to choose between all three wingmen.

“It’s virtually a toss of a coin to decide who plays those positions,” said former Bradford Bulls boss McNamara.

“Josh has been in tremendous form for his club and he got the nod this time around.”