Hall’s England place not secure

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Flying winger Ryan Hall’s World Cup hat-trick against Ireland made him England’s all-time leading tryscorer but he insists his place in the side is not guaranteed.

The Leeds ace scored three of England’s eight tries, all in a 20-minute spell early in the game, to put them on their way to a comprehensive 42-0 rout of the Irish in front of a stadium record 24,375 crowd at Huddersfield on Saturday.

It took his total to 17 in as many matches for his country and edged him ahead of full-back Sam Tomkins, who had gone into the game as England’s top tryscorer.

“I didn’t realise at the time that I’d got the record but that’s pretty cool,” Hall said. “There’s a lot of competition in front of us, though. I’m sure there are plenty more tries to be scored.”

Hall, who had the distinction of scoring the first try of the 2013 World Cup in England’s opening-day defeat by Australia, looks assured of the number five jersey, with Tom Briscoe, who will soon be a Rhinos team-mate, battling it out with Josh Charnley for the right-wing spot, but he begs to differ.

“I don’t think it’s just those two battling it out for a spot, it’s three of us battling for two spots,” Hall said. “All three can play on either wing and, if any one of us has a bad game or gets a niggling injury, we’ll be dropped straight away.

“The competition for places makes it a healthy side, you can’t rest on your laurels in any game.

“That goes for any position and that’s credit to Steve Mac, who’s put a good foundation in place. He selects the side and he gives himself a headache.”