MANCHESTER - Kangaroos skipper Cameron Smith insists his side's aren't reading too much into England's shock loss to Italy in a World Cup warm-up match. England captain Kevin Sinfield says his side is still hurting from the surprise 15-14 defeat on Saturday. But Smith stressed there would be no chance of complacency when the sides meet at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium. "I guess when we were told about the result we were quite shocked with the scoreline," Smith told AAP at the tournament's official launch in Manchester.
ENGLAND rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield said England's loss was a "huge shock", feeling they'd had an ideal preparation in South Africa. "It hurt and it causes some embarrassment. We can bounce back, I believe we'll bounce back and put in a performance that everyone can be proud of." Sinfield said on earlier this week. England plays Australia in its opening Group A match.
Australian-born US second rower Mark Cantoni will miss the World Cup after breaking an arm in the Tomahawks' shock 22-18 friendly victory over France in Toulouse. The forward, who qualifies for America through the grandparental rule, was in the US team that beat Jamaica to qualify for their first World Cup. "Mark's been working for two years to get this opportunity so it's disappointing for him," Tomahawks coach Terry Matterson said.
KANGAROOS coach Tim Sheens is ready to unleash Cronulla Shark's tough forward Andrew Fifita in the first game against England. Tim Sheens vowed to stick largely with experience and familiar combinations but he hinted Cronulla wrecking ball Fifita will be rewarded for his stellar season with a first international cap. "He's going to figure in the selection issue for sure," Sheens said.