Squads announced for the third round of Rugby League World Cup pool games
England to face France with Sean O’Loughlin, George Williams, John Bateman and Romain Navarrete set to be involved
- Tommy Leuluai returns for New Zealand with Micky Mcilorum to start again for Ireland
The squads for the third and final group games at the Rugby League World Cup have been announced with four Wigan players set to play in one game.
England face France in Perth on Sunday and whilst Wayne Bennett has made a number of changes to his side Wigan trio John Bateman, Sean O’Loughlin and George Williams retain their places in the 17-man-squad. France need to win the game to have any chance of qualifying and Wigan prop Romain Navarrete will start the game on the bench.
The second game of a double header at Perth Rectangular Stadium, Ireland meet Wales beforehand with Micky Mcilorum set to start for the third game in succession. Youngster Jack Higginson named as a reserve by Mark Aston.
On Saturday New Zealand and Tonga do battle in Hamilton with the winner set to take top spot in Group B, Tommy Leuluai earns a recall at Hooker for the Kiwis.
Steve McCormack’s Scotland also still have an outside chance of qualifying, they go up against Samoa in Christchurch on Saturday.
Hosts Australia face Lebanon, a win for the Kangaroos will see them finish top of Group A. Papua New Guinea can secure top spot in Group C providing they beat USA and similarly Fiji will be looking to finish first in Group D with a win over Italy.