Rugby League World Cup preview: Papua New Guinea v France
Last Updated: 27/10/13 3:56pm
Clint Greenshields: Set to start at full-back in Sunday's clash against PNG
Papua New Guinea and France begin their Rugby League World Cup campaigns Sunday at Hull KR's New Craven Park.
France, who beat PNG twice in 2007, will still be smarting following last Friday's 22-18 warm-up defeat to the United States in Toulouse.
All but five of Les Chanticleers play for Super League side the Catalan Dragons, while Australia-born Clint Greenshields is an ex-Dragon.
The teams also met at the 2000 World Cup, when Adrian Lam, now coach of the PNG side, captained them to a 23-20 victory over the French.
Neville Costigan and Enoch Maki will be playing at their new home ground having signed for Hull KR, but a third Rovers signing Francis Paniu will not play.
France: Baile, Barthau, A Bentley, Bentley, Bosc, Casty, Duport, Elima, Escare, Fages, Fakir, Garcia, Greenshields, Larroyer, Mounis, Pelissier, Raguin, Simon, Vaccari.
PNG: Abavu, Aiton, Aiye, Albert, Boas, Chan, Costigan, Eliab, Kambo, Maki, Marabe, McDonald, Mead, Mexico, Nandye, Tali, Thompson, Wabo, Yere.
2013 Rugby League World Cup
This years' Rugby League World Cup has been hailed as the greatest of all time by the organisers. Australia claimed their 10th title by beating New Zealand in the final in front of a record attendance.
RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is confident the sport will capitalise on the success of hosting the World Cup.
We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.
- Hetherington wants more cups
- Wallace commits to Scotland
- Widdop left gutted by defeat
- Tomkins devastated by defeat
- Burgess defends brother George
- Johnson expresses relief
- Kangaroos leap into final
- Sheens tribute to Civoniceva
- Australia v Fiji: Teams
- Burgess out to deny Williams
- Aussies wary of physical Fiji
- Foran highlights main threats
- Two video refs for World Cup
- Civoniceva gets Wembley buzz
- Fiji too strong for Samoa
- England disappoint McNamara
- England stroll into semis
- Sheens retains Slater hope
- Australia put USA to the sword
- Samoa v Fiji: Teams
- Williams injury played down
- Kiwis stroll into semis
- Sheens: Slater has learned
- Brough set for toughest test
- Scots ready for biggest task
- Kiwis wary of Henderson
- Farah dropped for US clash