McNamara “excited” to have chance to dump Aussies

England coach Steve McNamara says his side are relishing the opportunity to knock Australia out of the Four Nations tournament.

The old enemies lock horns on Sunday and an England win would almost certainly see the Kangaroos unable to progress to the final, having lost to New Zealand 30-12 on Saturday.

“It’s a really exciting prospect,” admitted McNamara.

“We said we’d take it one game at a time and now we’ve got the Samoa game out of the way and the two points in the bag.

“We’re going to have to be really on our guard next week but beating Australia in Australia is what it’s all about.

“We know the prize at the end of that. If we can do it, it gets rid of Australia.

“We’ll have to improve absolutely everywhere. Ball control for one, that’s a major one for us. But I can’t stress too much how pleased we are. It’s always tough coming across here and playing a tough Samoa team first was always a banana skin. It was their final. We needed to find a way to win and I’m delighted we did.”