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Michael McIlorum hopes to face France on Saturday and put his name in the frame for the World Cup

Last Updated: 08/11/12 3:51pm

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Michael McIlorum: France clash his focus for now but World Cup a huge aim

Michael McIlorum: France clash his focus for now but World Cup a huge aim

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Michael McIlorum is determined to make the most of his last chance to secure a place in England's World Cup squad.

Hooker McIlorum has been in the shadows of James Roby since switching allegiance from Ireland but Roby's decision to take a break from the international game has given him another opportunity.

The Warriors No 9 made his England debut in the opening game of the autumn international series against Wales and is set to keep his spot for Sunday's final against France at the Salford City Stadium.

"It's a good opportunity for me and Rob (Burrow) as well," McIlorum said. "James plays lot of games for 80 minutes so it's been tough for a lot of English hookers.

"But I've been given my chance and it's up to me to show what I can do. I had a bit of time off with my ban but I'm back into the swing of things now and getting my match fitness back up.

"This is a stepping stone for the World Cup we are enjoying being in each other's company. We are getting used to playing with each other and getting some cohesion."

McNamara is likely to keep his selection under wraps until near kick-off with Wigan captain and loose forward Sean O'Loughlin among the doubts with a hamstring injury.

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