OK, here’s how the two sides line up tonight:
Australia: 1. Billy Slater; 2. Dane Gagai, 3. Will Chambers, 4. Josh Dugan, 5. Valentine Holmes; 6. Michael Morgan, 7. Cooper Cronk; 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Cameron Smith, 10. David Klemmer, 11. Boyd Cordner, 12. Matt Gillett, 13. Jake Trbojevic. Interchange: 14. Wade Graham, 15. Jordan McLean, 16. Josh Mcguire, 17. Tyson Frizell.
England 1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. John Bateman, 5. Ryan Hall; 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Luke Gale; 8. Chris Hill, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. James Graham, 11. Sam Burgess, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Sean O’Loughlin. Interchange:Walmsley, 15. Chris Heighington, 16. Tom Burgess, 17. James Roby 18. Ben Currie.
Or, here’s all that information in a handy tweet that could have just saved me typing all that out:
Rugby league wouldn’t be rugby league without a bit of off-field scandal, would it? Never a dull day and all that. And today, the day of the opening game of the Rugby League World Cup, was no exception when, with near impeccable timing, this happened
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of crowd this matchup pulls tonight after much talk about how much this tournament has flown under the radar, both in Australia and the UK. With the opener being staged away from the rugby league heartland of Sydney, concerns over crowd size have also been raised, although that is to completely ignore the fact that rugby league crowds – including for international matches – are notoriously poor in Sydney. Anyway, it appears to be a pleasant evening in Melbourne, so no excuses on that front. That said, with nearly 20 minutes to go, there are plenty of empty seats to be seen around AAMI Park.
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