Rugby League World Cup: Australia team to face England named by Tim Sheens

Last Updated: 26/10/13 2:13pm

  • Share:
Tim Sheens has named his team to face England

Tim Sheens has named his team to face England

Sky Bet

Australia coach Tim Sheens has named his starting line-up for their Rugby League World Cup opener against England in Cardiff on Saturday.

Brent Tate is a surprise selection in the centres, as he has edged out Michael Jennings for the starting spot in place of the injured Justin Hodges.

Robbie Farah is named on the bench with Sheens having a definite game plan for using the Wests Tigers captain to target the big England forwards later in the game.

Farah, who beat Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans to a spot on the bench, will play at dummy-half and act as a back-up plan for Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston at half.

Captain Cameron Smith is expected to play the full game, while Andrew Fifta is set to make his debut for the Kangaroos off the bench.

"I like the idea of Farah's dummy-half running against the English forwards, especially when they get tired," Sheens told NRL.com.

"Cameron [Smith] can then go back to 13 and play a ball-playing role. We used that system in Townsville last year and it worked really well.

"Robbie is a specialist nine and can play some seven. Our outside backs will be covered by [Luke] Lewis - he can play second row, centre, wing. He played wing for us two years ago in a Test match at Wembley when Billy [Slater] got hurt. Lewis covers the outside backs, Farah covers technically nine and the inside backs.

"If I play Robbie, it will probably be to play Cameron at 13, so I won't be replacing Cameron unless he needs a break.

"You have to cover every base. We didn't anticipate losing Billy for the tournament two years ago, so we have to cover those options and I think we have hopefully every scenario covered in this game."

Australia team: Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Brent Tate, Greg Inglis, Darius Boyd, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Matthew Scott, Cameron Smith (capt), James Tamou, Greg Bird, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen (vc).
Interchange: (from) Robbie Farah, Andrew Fifita, Luke Lewis, Corey Parker, Jarryd Hayne, Nate Myles.

  • Share:

Related

2013 Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup hailed greatest

Rugby League World Cup hailed 'greatest'

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.

Nigel Wood: Encouraged by the large attendances at 2013 World Cup

Wood wants lasting legacy

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood is confident the sport will capitalise on the success of hosting the World Cup.

Australia: The winners of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and the team of the tournament

RL World Cup review

We take a look back at the highs and occasional low from probably the best World Cup to date.

Most Popular

Features

Super League stats

Super League stats

Who has kicked the most goals this season? Which player is penalised the most? Find out here...

Fall from grace

Fall from grace

We look at the Bulls' recent highs and lows following their relegation from Super League on Sunday.

Good Week/Bad Week

Good Week/Bad Week

Sky Sports picks out our heroes and villains from another eventful last seven days in the world of sport.