Matty Smith hopeful of being fit for Australia clash

Wigan and England scrum-half Matty Smith has played down fears he will miss the rest of the Four Nations tournament after injuring his ankle against Samoa on Saturday.

Indeed, the 27-year-old has his sights set on facing Australia this Sunday – and even beating them. He said: “I’ve rolled my ankle, it’s swollen up a bit and they’ve put the boot on as a precaution.

“It’s just swelling. We’ve got to get the swelling down over the next couple of days and then it’s back into training. I’ll be back on the field on Monday. We’ve got a big week. We need to fix a few things.

“That’s why we’ve come over here, we English: to beat the Aussies.

“To beat the Aussies in their own backyard, it’s a great feeling. Not many touring sides do it. They’re a great side, they’ve got the best players in the world. But it’s there for us. We’re the underdogs, obviously.”