Sam Tomkins, now back in England, has been interviewed by BBC Radio Manchester about his first season in the NRL. Image | www.photosport.co.nz

Tomkins talks NRL with BBC

Vodafone Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins is back in England catching up with friends and family as well as preparing for the Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand in October-November.

The 25-year-old former is due to return down under with the England team in mid-October ahead of the Four Nations doubleheader opener at Suncorp Stadium on October 25 (when England meets Toa Samoa and the Kiwis take on the Kangaroos).

Tomkins has also been interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester, one of the presenters being none other than his former Wigan coach Shaun Wane.

Listen to what he had to say about his first season in the NRL, about playing for the Vodafone Warriors, the change in coaches and living in Auckland.

Tomkins finished his debut season appearing in all 24 matches and being on the field for all but 21 minutes in the entire season (he played 59 minutes in the away win against Canberra).

He produced impressive stats across the board.

He was second on the Vodafone Warriors' try-scoring chart with 13 (behind Manu Vatuvei's 17 in 23 games), made the most runs (327), the third most metres (2636) behind Vatuvei and Jacob Lillyman and averaged 110 metres a game (fourth best). He finished with 11 line breaks (third behind Konrad Hurrell and Vatuvei) and had the team's most line break assists with 14 and the most try assists with 12. Tomkins also had the most tackle breaks (100).