Alex Walmsley has been hailed as “fantastic” by his Leeds opposition number, Jamie Peacock.
Saints expect to have in-form prop Walmsley back from a two-match injury absence and Peacock also expects the Steve Prescott Man of Steel candidate to be lining up for England in the forthcoming Test series against New Zealand.
“Walmsley has been fantastic,” Peacock said. “He started the season well and has improved as it’s gone on.
“He is incredibly difficult to tackle and he’s relentless. He doesn’t take a backward step and they’re the qualities you need as a front rower.
“I’m looking forward to going up against him on Friday and I’m also looking forward to seeing him hopefully in an England shirt against the Kiwis.
“I think this could be an opportunity for him, especially with the loss of George Burgess.”
Walmsley has been fantastic. He started the season well and has improved as it’s gone onLeeds prop Jamie Peacock