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Rugby League World Cup: Ben Currie to make first England start against Lebanon

England misplaced to protecting World Cup champions Australia for the 12th time in a row
Rugby League World Cup at the BBC
Venues: Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea
Dates: 27 October to 2 December
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Warrington’s Ben Currie replaces Sam Burgess in England’s beginning line-up for his or her 2nd fit of the Rugby League World Cup against Lebanon.

Back-rower Burgess broken medial knee ligaments all the way through the first 1/2 of Friday’s 18-Four defeat through Australia.

Currie, 23, will make his first start for England on Saturday, with St Helens prop Alex Walmsley, 27, at the bench and set to make his England debut.

“Apart from Sam, everyone is fit and good to go,” mentioned trainer Wayne Bennett.

“Friday’s result was disappointing but the players have shown they wanted to get straight back into it and we had a great day in hot temperatures on Monday.”

The sport in Sydney begins at 09:00 GMT on Saturday, with are living protection on BBC Two from 08:30.

Lebanon, the bottom ranked crew within the event, won a surprise 29-18 victory over France, who England face of their ultimate Group A sport on 12 November.

The most sensible 3 facets within the four-team team qualify for the quarter-finals.

Burgess was once now not anticipated to be to be had sooner than the semi-finals on 24 and 25 November, however Bennett has mentioned he expects him again “earlier than anticipated”.

Highlights: Australia beat England in World Cup opener

In Group B on Saturday, Scotland, thrashed 50-Four through Tonga of their opening fit, face 2013 runners-up New Zealand (04:00 GMT).

Ireland and Wales each play their subsequent video games on Sunday, against Papua New Guinea and Fiji respectively.

The Irish are in search of their 2nd win of the event after their 36-12 win over Italy, whilst Wales hope to recuperate after their 50-6 defeat through Papua New Guinea.

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England: Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Kallum Watkins, John Bateman, Ryan Hall, Gareth Widdop, Luke Gale, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, James Graham, Ben Currie, Elliot Whitehead, Sean O’Loughlin.

Interchanges: Alex Walmsley, Chris Heighington, Thomas Burgess, James Roby.

Extended interchanges: George Williams, Mike McMeeken, Mark Percival, Stefan Ratchford

Lebanon: Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Travis Robinson, Bilal Maarbani, Adam Doueihi, Abbas Miski, Mitchell Moses, Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah, Michael Lichaa, Alex Twal, Chris Saab, Ahmad Ellaz, Nick Kassis.

Interchanges: Mitchell Mamary, Ray Moujalli, Jamie Clark, Jason Wehbe.

Extended interchanges: Elias Sukkar, Anthony Layoun, Andrew Kazzi, James Elias.

You can observe the fortunes of your favorite crew with are living fit notifications despatched instantly to your telephone or pill by means of the BBC Sport app. Line-up, kick-off, ranking, half-time and full-time choices are to be had for all groups taking part on the World Cup.

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