Leeds Rhinos’ new signing Richie Myler and centre Liam Sutcliffe have backed England to progress to the World Cup final with victory against Tonga tomorrow.
The winners in Auckland will go on to play Australia next week and despite been under no illusions of the difficult task that lies ahead, both believe Wayne Bennett’s side will have too much quality for the Mate Ma’a.
Asked whether he thinks England will progress to the final, Myler said: “Yes I do, they are very talented and I think they will overcome Tonga, although it will be a very tough match.
“I have got a friend who is playing in Sam Moa and they are chomping at the bit to get to the final. It’s certainly going to be interesting but I think England have got enough talent to get over the line and into the final.
“Whether they have enough to beat Australia in the final is another thing. Beating Australia in Australia is a very tough prospect but I think they have definitely got the talent to do it.”
Following on from the comments of his new Rhinos’ teammate, Sutcliffe was in agreement and believes they can go all the way and claim the title in Brisbane next weekend.
“Firstly they have got to get over Tonga which is a pretty tough game, but if they can do that then I think they are capable of winning it.
“The likes of Jermaine McGillvary have been outstanding in this World Cup so hopefully they can go one step further. So yes I think they can win it.
“There is great quality in the team but we know how hard it will be to beat Australia who will be big favourites, but I think they can upset them.”