Five England standouts as Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves stars impress

England's preparations for the Test series against Samoa saw them defeat France 40-8 in Toulouse. A new-look England side featuring plenty of debutants had some teething issues but were too good for the hosts in the end.

Some players stood out more than others. Here, we take a look at the star performers during England's latest victory.

Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves)

Currie is very much a mainstay in the England setup and performances like this explain why. It wasn't spectacular from Currie, but it was effective. Safe as houses defensively, he also showed some nice touches in attack, with the dummy and pass for Jack Welsby's second try a particular standout. You need reliable players in any team and Currie has most certainly been that for England.

James Harrison (Warrington Wolves)

England's bench players were all good, with Tyler Dupree and Olly Wilson both showing good signs off the bench. But with England on the back foot in the second half, Harrison stepped up and produced a very encouraging display with some excellent intensity to force errors and kill momentum. One particular tackle dislodged the ball at a key period.

Tom Johnstone (Catalans Dragons)

Johnstone scored two tries but that was just reward for his excellent work in helping the team. He was England's most dynamic ball carrier, causing France all sorts of problems. He played a telling part in two tries too, breaking down the wing before Jack Welsby's opener, then going on a barnstorming run in which he beat six men, before moving the ball on to Harry Newman. Arguably England's best.

Mikey Lewis (Hull KR)

Magic Mikey started off the bench but made a big impact when he came up. Adding speed and unpredictability around the ruck, his contirubtions created time and space for others, and that resulted in tries. He then showed off that dazzling footwork to break down the middle and set George Williams up. Elliot Minchella produced a herculean stint through the middle, for the Hull KR fans wondering.

Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors)

Still somehow underrated despite all he's achieved, Smith's kicking game helped weather the early French storm and helped England back into the contest. His performance was capped with an outstanding crossfield kick on the last play of the game, identifying an unmarked Johnstone, then landing the ball on his head.