England face the toughest possible test to kick off this World Cup and they will be desperate to set a marker down and show the Aussies that they can compete.
Seven of England's 24-man squad play in the NRL so there is plenty of familiarity between the two sets of players although Wayne Bennett left out the troubled Zak Hardaker and struggling Sam Tomkins.
Experience is key for England and they will look to the likes of skipper Sean O'Laughlin and Rhinos winger Ryan Hall for inspiration with the latter having an excellent try-scoring record against the Aussies.
Head Coach: Wayne Bennett
Team: Lomax; McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall; Widdop, Gale; Hill, Hodgson, Graham, Whitehead, S. Burgess, O'Loughlin
Bench: Walmsley, Heighington, T. Burgess, Roby
Analysis - what to expect Australia have well and truly dominated England in recent times and have won the last nine meetings. England will make a fast start and should be able to compete in terms of fitness at the beginning of this game, but the quality and physicality of the Aussies should shine through. The Aussies may not be in peak condition just yet, and that could work in England's favour to keep it tight for as long as possible, but the hosts should pull away late in the game and kick off the competition with a win.
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