England squad

Date published: Friday, October 25, 2013

ENGLAND have named a 19-man squad for Saturday’s opening World Cup match against Australia at Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (2.30pm).

Coach Steve McNamara has included four uncapped players — twins George and Thomas Burgess, Huddersfield forward Brett Ferres and Wigan second row Liam Farrell.

South Sydney’s Sam Burgess, who has not played for the national team since England beat Papua New Guinea 36-10 in Auckland three years ago, could line-up alongside brothers George and Thomas.

“We have trained well all week and we are ready,” said McNamara.

“We have healthy competition across all areas. The players are aware of this and continue to put in the effort in training to make sure they are prepared and ready.

“There is a sense of anticipation and determined resolve among the group. This is what we have been working for over the last few years. We will have to play well to win.

“Our focus on the tournament and throughout the year has been about being the best we can be. We respect all opponents but the aim is to focus on ourselves..

“You sense there is real momentum around the tournament. As a team you want to play on the biggest stage of all and nothing can beat that.

“We are excited to be playing at one of the most iconic stadiums in the world and our aim is to put on a performance that excites the nation.”


Carl Ablett (Leeds), George Burgess (South Sydney), Sam Burgess (South Sydney),Thomas Burgess (South Sydney), Rob Burrow (Leeds), Josh Charnley (Wigan), Rangi Chase (Castleford), Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield),

Liam Farrell (Wigan), Brett Ferres (Huddersfield), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Chris Hill (Warrington), Lee Mossop (Wigan), James Roby (St Helens), Kevin Sinfield (capt, Leeds), Sam Tomkins (Wigan), Kallum Watkins (Leeds), 

Ben Westwood (Warrington), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne Storm).