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Rugby League World Cup: Ireland head coach Aston targets England upset

Last Updated: 31/10/13 4:56pm

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England: On the ropes following two straight defeats?

England: On the ropes following two straight defeats?

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Ireland head coach Mark Aston firmly believes his troops can cause a Rugby League World Cup upset on Saturday and turn over England in Huddersfield.

Both teams lost their opening games in the tournament with Steve McNamara's men going down to Australia last weekend while Fiji ran out 32-14 winners over Ireland.

Aston has bemoaned Ireland's lack of preparation time following their loss to the Fijians and he knows that another six days together will only enhance his team's chances.

"If they give 100 per cent commitment and be just a little bit smarter towards the end of the sets, I'm sure we can challenge England."
Mark Aston

England come into the clash on the back of defeats to Italy and the Kangaroos and former Sheffield Eagles star Aston sees no reason why they cannot inflict a third straight loss.

Commitment

"We've only been together for 10 days so in a very short space of time we've had to mould a team together," he told the Sheffield Star.

"We've a short turn-around but we'll dust ourselves down. We'll train hard and we'll turn up on Saturday.

"If they give 100 per cent commitment and be just a little bit smarter towards the end of the sets, I'm sure we can challenge England.

"England haven't been great of late, have they?"

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