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Rugby League World Cup: Kevin Brown ‘residing the dream’ before final

Kevin Brown has performed for Wigan, Huddersfield, Widnes and now Warrington – however says Saturday can be the ‘pinnacle’ of his profession
Rugby League World Cup final: Australia v England
Date: Saturday, 2 December Kick-off: 09:00 GMT
Coverage: Watch are living protection and highlights on BBC One, Connected TV, on-line & the BBC Sport app; are living remark on BBC Radio five are living; are living textual content remark on the BBC Sport web page & app

England stand-off Kevin Brown stated he’s “living the dream” as he prepares to tackle Australia in Saturday’s World Cup final.

The 33-year-old, who got here into the group at the finish of the staff degree, will play along Luke Gale in the halves.

“I’ve had a lot of highs and played in a couple of finals but nothing close to this,” stated Brown.

“Playing for your country in a World Cup final is the absolute pinnacle. I could do this forever.”

Brown didn’t function in England’s staff video games towards Australia and Lebanon, with Gareth Widdop enjoying along scrum-half Gale.

But he was once introduced in towards France, with Widdop switching to full-back, and has helped upload some construction and organisation to the group.

He may now be a part of the first European group to win the World Cup for 45 years.

Brown stated: “It appears like a cliche however doing it with those lads makes it so particular. They are this type of dream to be concerned with.

“We all get on, we’re all residing the dream, that is the feeling. We stated before the semi-final: ‘We’ve were given yet one more week in us.'”

England survived a overdue fightback to carry on and defeat Tonga 20-18 of their semi-final in Auckland and can now tackle the Kangaroos, who’ve already defeated Wayne Bennett’s group on this event and are sizzling favourites to win.

Brown got here into the event after a combined season for Warrington, who completed a disappointing 9th in the Super League desk.

“I believe it is much more particular as a result of I have finished it the arduous manner,” he stated.

“I had a in reality tricky season at Warrington and did not know if I used to be going to get picked.

“I got picked and was then sort of on the outer in the squad but I was just determined to take my chance if I got it and I feel I have been doing that and contributing well, having a bit of a calming influence and adding a bit of structure.”

Five causes for England fanatics to be constructive

Brian Noble was once the closing guy to train an aspect from the northern hemisphere to victory over Australia in a rugby league fit – presiding over Great Britain’s 23-12 victory in Sydney in 2006.

He can be in the remark field along Dave Woods on Saturday as the recreation is broadcast continue to exist BBC One, with protection beginning at 08:30 GMT.

And the 56-year-old believes there are many the explanation why England fanatics may also be constructive of pulling off a significant disenchanted:

  1. Sam Burgess. “He’s a big-game, big-pressure player. He’s the leader of the pack and he has a healthy disrespect for the Australians. A Clive Churchill man-of-the-match winner in a Grand Final in the NRL says it all. He’s a player the Aussies have to fear. And he’s the kind of character who will inspire a big performance from all around him.”
  2. The again 3. “Full-back Gareth Widdop and wingers Ryan Hall and Jermaine McGillvary have been outstanding and collectively are better than their counterparts on the other side of the fence. Wayne Bennett’s decision to move Widdop to full-back after the injury to Jonny Lomax was a stroke of genius. It has created the link with McGillvary, the winger of the tournament. And Hall has also got the pedigree to produce some big moments.”
  3. No fear-factor. “This Australian line-up is not as fearful as ones I’ve seen in the past. I’ll give you two names who’ve not been available – Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston. They’ve still got brilliant individuals. Billy Slater will be voted the best full-back they’ve ever had when he retires, Cameron Smith is definitely the best number nine they’ve ever had and Cooper Cronk is up there. So the spine of their team are going to have to be rocked and knocked around a bit. But apart from those three, the supporting cast is not as good has it has been, especially in the pack.”
  4. England fanatics can carry the group. “They have been superb from when they started arriving in such numbers in Perth and have travelled with the team since. They’ve put in a phenomenal effort on matchdays with their support. I think they’ve enjoyed the trip and I think they can help inspire a gift for the game of rugby league.”
  5. It feels love it’s our time. “It’s been a heck of a long time since we beat them in a final. But this group is energised and excited. Nobody is expecting us to win it, but they can do it and I believe they will do it.”

The squads

England: G Widdop (St George Illawarra); J McGillvary (Huddersfield), Ok Watkins (Leeds), J Bateman (Wigan), R Hall (Leeds); Ok Brown (Warrington), L Gale (Castleford); C Hill (Warrington), J Roby (St Helens), J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs), S Burgess (South Sydney), E Whitehead (Canberra), S O’Loughlin (Wigan, capt).

Interchanges: A Walmsley (St Helens), B Currie (Warrington), T Burgess (South Sydney), C Heighington (Cronulla).

Australia: B Slater, D Gagai, W Chambers, J Dugan, V Holmes, M Morgan, C Cronk, Woods, C Smith, D Klemmer, B Cordner, M Gillett, J McGuire, W Graham, J McLean, R Campbell-Gillard, T Frizell, F Kaufusi, T Trbojevic, J Mansour, J Maloney.

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