Bennett rings the changes for France game

Wayne Bennett England contract

Marc Percival, Kevin Brown, Mike McMeeken and Scott Taylor will all feature for England in their final World Cup group game against France on Sunday.

Head coach Wayne Bennett confirmed he would give all 24 squad members game-time in the tournament, as they look for an improved display in Perth.

James Roby also comes back into the team with Gareth Widdop to play at full-back in the absence of the injured Jonny Lomax.

Bennett said: “I was pleased with the win against Lebanon but I’m looking for a better performance this week.

“We lost our way in the second-half in the last game and that’s something we’ll be looking to improve on. We know what we’re capable of, so we’ll be aiming to put things right by Sunday.

“We’re off the mark now in this tournament and building each week. I know France have lost their first two games but that won’t alter the way we go into this one – they’re a strong side with some talented guys who can play. They’ll be doing everything they can to get a win in this group so we’ll have to be at our best.”

England 21-man squad to play against France: 

Gareth Widdop

Stefan Ratchford

Mark Percival

John Bateman

Jermaine McGillvary

Kevin Brown

Luke Gale

Chris Hill

James Roby

James Graham

Ben Currie

Mike McMeeken

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Interchange:

Alex Walmsley

Thomas Burgess

Scott Taylor

George Williams

Reserves: 

Ryan Hall

Elliott Whitehead

Chris Heighington

Kallum Watkins