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anyone going and what do you think of our chances with the squad announced in the opener v aussie

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I am. The Bears are running trips to Cardiff, Wembley and the final at Old Trafford.

I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't beat the Aussies in the first game, but cannot see us beating them twice.

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I will be there to witness a long awaited win over the old enemy.  with a glut of lads not only playing in the nrl but excelling in the best comp we must have a good chance this time around.  also the coach has dropped some of the lads who I thought shouldnt have been in an international team in the first place and replaced them with some big strong players who have earned their stripes in the nrl.  come on england

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I will be there to witness a long awaited win over the old enemy.  with a glut of lads not only playing in the nrl but excelling in the best comp we must have a good chance this time around.  also the coach has dropped some of the lads who I thought shouldnt have been in an international team in the first place and replaced them with some big strong players who have earned their stripes in the nrl.  come on england

 

Absolutely, Scrumhalf. Over recent years people seem to have got the impression that England/GB players are too much in awe of the Kangaroos. Phsycologically, having a group of lads that are playing these "invincibles" week-in, week-out, could make a massive difference. The Kangaroos are human. They aren't unbeatable.

 

Winning the first game will set the tournament up. It guarantees England an "easier" run to Old Trafford that will avoid NZ until the final, if they make it past the semi. If England win at Cardiff, OT will sell out the following week and tickets for all other matches will fly.

 

Can't wait!

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Up front is an even match.  It's in the backs where we are still a long way behind apart from Ryan Hall.  Hooker and halves are not as good as Smith, Cronk and Thurston.  

 

Expect it to be tight and not too pretty.  Kicking game has to be spot on.  

 

Looking forward to the opening game though.  It could be brutal.

 

I worry that the Aussies will target Westwood and Hock's short fuses.

 

Bring it on.

 

Have to watch most of it in various bars in Tenerife.  Such is life! :yes: 

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I'd rather have our pack than there's. Our backline isn't awful either, but we are going to be in a bit of trouble I think because Ablett is potentially going to be left centre which means we won't really have a left hand side attack where our winger who has proven himself against the Aussies will have nothing to work from.

It's just halves and Hooker we are going to get beaten. With McNamara not selecting our best Hooker and not deeming our best scrum half good enough to be in a 40 man ETS earlier in the season means we really are struggling. Widdop will do a job but may have to do to much IMO. Sinfield isn't good enough and Chase is far to off the cuff for myself.

We can beat them in a one off game. If we lose the first game it ain't a disaster, the game in the final means so much more.

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