World Cup: Ireland prop Brett White expecting big things from England's James Graham

Last Updated: 31/10/13 4:52pm

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James Graham: Starts in place of the suspended Sam Burgess against Ireland

James Graham: Starts in place of the suspended Sam Burgess against Ireland

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Ireland prop Brett White believes the loss of Sam Burgess for Saturday's World Cup clash will be offset by the return of James Graham.

Graham was omitted from the side for England's Group A opener against Australia but will win his 19th cap at the John Smith's Stadium after being among three changes made by coach Steve McNamara.

White, who plays for Canberra Raiders, has witnessed at close hand the impact made by both Burgess and Graham in the NRL.

"You lose Sam Burgess but someone like James Graham comes in," said White.

"You lose one world-class player and there's another one there. James Graham has without doubt been one of the best props in the NRL the last couple of years."
White on Burgess replacement

"You lose one world-class player and there's another one there. James Graham has without doubt been one of the best props in the NRL the last couple of years.

"I think he's about got everything. He's a ball-playing front row but he doesn't mind the hard work. He will roll his sleeves up. His workrate is fantastic."

Places retained

Huddersfield second row Bertt Ferres and South Sydney props Tom and George Burgess keep their places for Saturday's clash, while Lee Mossop pays the price for being unable to make an impact from the bench against the Kangaroos.

"We have made a slight adjustment to the squad this week," said McNamara.

"We have one forced with the suspension of Sam Burgess. It gives us a chance to look at a couple of other members of the squad this week.

"It suits us to have a consistent selection from last week with a couple of tweaks.

"We have 24 very good players and the additions to the squad this week, Tom Briscoe, James Graham and Sean O'Loughlin, will give us some impetus and freshness in the team."

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