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Let's big up England a bit

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I also think we can. The Aussies are only better in a few key positions that's it, they arnt supermen. Player by player in the forwards I think we cancel eachother out.

Graham and Gallen get through similar amounts of work. Taylor and Thaiday vs Ellis and Westwood cancel eachother out also. Sam Burgess is probably slightly better than Shillington whilst Luke Lewis is better than O Loughlin. So we don't do to bad there.

Then we have lots of young strike players who could do a lot of damage and will only get better in the coming season. Widdop and Reed will have another season in the NRL which will likely develop there games even more. Then how good will Briscoe, Tomkins, Hardaker, Watkins, Charnley, Ratchford, Broughton, Dixon or even Ward be with another season under there belts. All these players will have the ability to post points against the Aussies as all are exciting players.

On home turf with decent support and with everything clicking we can definitely win it. Fair enough we don't have the same strength in depth as Australia but our first teams arnt far off, plus we've already proven we can beat NZ. We just need to back ourselves.

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Tomkins is a cert for the full back role you would think

Hopefully not.

I'm fine with him playing, but I want Hardaker to be pushing him for the position!

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I wouldn't say he is just yet. He's had 2 pretty good seasons at the Storm as a 1st team regular but the role he has there is likely to be somewhat different to the one he may have to play for England. Smith & Cronk do all the organising & kicking at the storm and Widdop is very much a link & support player. He hasn't successfully managed to take on those extra responsibilities for the storm at Origin time so it remains to be seen whether he can do it for England.

Having said that he would still be my 1st choice for the number 6 shirt

I realise that, he plays similar to how Danny Mcguire has done for Leeds. His kicking game isn't bad, but not on the same level as Cronk and Smith so therefore rarely gets the chance. His passing game is pretty much spot on, he can also beat a man and has half decent pace. I feel with another season he will be there ready to take them on and won't be afraid of Thurston and Smith ect. He's a much better player than Chase and Lomax ect though.

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Strangely our best halfback has been ignored for some reason

No, Danny McGuire still needs rehab on his injured knee.

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And who might that be ?

Clues;played for Scotland,changed allegiance back to England,plays for Huddersfield.

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Will there be neutral refs for ALL games in the World Cup or will the Aussies cry and moan until they get one of their pet refs?

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