13 Nov 2022
Halliwell 'visualising lifting trophy' after semi-final victory
The England skipper stands one game away from history
By Megan Armitage at EIS Sheffield
England captain Tom Halliwell is daring to picture himself lifting the World Cup trophy following his team's resounding 125-22 victory over Wales.
Halliwell will lead his team into Friday night’s final against reigning champions France following a convincing semi-final win which saw Halifax Panthers star Jack Brown cross an incredible eight times in Sheffield.
England dominated from the start and conceded just four tries, leaving Halliwell relishing the prospect of taking on France in the showpiece for the third successive World Cup.
"It feels really good getting into that final,” he said. “It was always our plan to get to Manchester and we've ticked every box so far, just one left.
"We pride ourselves on having good people in this team and behind us on the court, and Jack [Brown] is just a great player on and off the court.
"As long as we get over the try line it doesn't matter who scores them, it's all about the build-up.
"The two best teams in the world going at each other on Friday, there's no better battle and I think this final is going to take wheelchair rugby league to a whole new level.
"I visualise myself lifting that World Cup trophy every night."
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are now heading home and captain Stuart Williams revealed he will be stepping
away from the game for a period of time to focus on his own wellbeing.
But the skipper, who crossed for a try himself as Wales fought valiantly in the second half, added that would never say never when it comes to a return to international duty.
"Obviously it was tough out there and it's annoying because we feel like we could have done more, especially in that first half,” he said.
"But I said at the break, that we need to make England earn that final place.
"I feel like we worked hard and started playing our style of relaxed rugby in that second half and I was definitely having a lot more fun then.
"I was a lot more at ease and I saw that in my teammates as well. And that's what this thing is all about, enjoying the moment.
"It was bittersweet but fair play to England, their execution was brilliant. I couldn't be prouder of Wales for how hard we've worked."
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets