Charnley to play for England?

Date published: October 4 2016

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Sale Sharks' recent signing Josh Charnley could be one of the best wingers in England, according to his current rugby league coach.

Wigan coach Shaun Wane believes Charnley could be a massive asset to England once the league star switches over to union. The flyer has already been tipped for an England call-up by Eddie Jones after he officially joins Sale.

The 25-year-old will take a two-week holiday before joining Sale Sharks, where he will become the highest profile code-switcher since Sam Burgess joined Bath in 2014.

With 149 tries in 151 games ahead of this weekend's clash with Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford, Wigan coach Wane believes Charnley has all the makings of a union star.

"England have a lot of talented wingers in union, but Josh can be right up there … He's a big, strong fella who's quick and knows how to finish. If he sets his mind to it and gets a bit of luck, I can't see why he won't become a full England international," Wane told the Sale Sharks official website.

"He's a competitor and knows how to win. I've had him since he was a kid and you get so close to the players. It'll be very sad for us to see him go because he's a proud Wigan lad. He's scored so many big-game tries for us and he'll always be one of us."

Burgess, Andy Farrell and Joel Tomkins have all since struggled with the transition, but Wane believes perseverance can help Charnley become the next success story.

"The key is him being given time … He needs to understand the game, make some mistakes and learn from them. They didn't give Sam Burgess enough time. Josh is only a young kid so he has the years to get better. If Sale are patient and England are patient, they'll get the best out of him," he said.

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