• Rugby League World Cup 2017 Live

    Morgan is set to begin in Australia's competition opener against England in Melbourne on Friday night, yet the in-frame Cowboys playmaker must fire to hold the position in front of Origin five-eighths Cameron Munster and James Maloney for the sudden-passing matches. "Michael has his nose in front to be completely forthright with you. He is the following in line,'' Meninga said. 
    "He has played No. 14 (for Australia) and his back-end of the year was dynamite. He was the frame player of the NRL in the finals. "Cameron Munster and James Maloney have their cases as well. It is a long competition so every one of the three folks are in the blend. 
    "We have three incredible hopefuls who comprehend the defining moment ethos and weight. "All our 24 players will play in the qualifying rounds. I will converse with Cameron and a portion of the pioneers and conclude the group in the following 24 hours.''The decision of Morgan as Cooper Cronk's parts accomplice would not astonish England mentor Wayne Bennett, despite the fact that Munster was picked as five-eighth, with Morgan as an inside, in Queensland's Origin III win. 
    "Morgan completed the season in such incredible frame so I assume he'd have a leg up. I haven't contemplated Australia,'' said Bennett, who announced no wounds from England's warm-up coordinate in Perth on Friday. 
    Australian commander Cameron Smith said he would put his hand up to play all the six recreations Australia would play on the off chance that they made the December 2 last in Brisbane. 
    Meninga sounded less persuaded about the thought, yet Smith won the discussion with the Kangaroos mentor when he played every one of the five amusements on a year ago's Four Nations visit. 
    Smith said he would not like to go out of the nation for a semi-last in New Zealand if England complete best of the pool additionally including Australia."We need to begin well in the main amusement and win the World Cup on home soil. I don't have some great recollections of the last one (2008, won by New Zealand),'' Smith said. 
    Smith declined to remark on reports that his Storm clubmate Cooper Cronk had approved his chief to address Sydney clubs about playing for one of them one year from now, saying it had "nothing to do with the World Cup''. 
    Britain commander Sean O'Loughlin said his group's desire must be win the World Cup, which would be their nation's first trophy from a competition including Australia since the 1972 World Cup. 
    "It would baffle on the off chance that we didn't come here, suspecting that,'' O'Loughlin said. "The capacity is there. We need to ensure our exhibitions continue improving. We know it (Friday's amusement) is right on time in the opposition and we might be somewhat corroded.'' 
    O'Loughlin and hooker James Roby are the main two English players in this squad who comprehend what it resembles to have won a Test against Australia. "We need to do our nuts and bolts truly well. The best sides like Australia and New Zealand influence the amusements to come down to doing nuts and bolts well,'' he said.

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