England’s World Cup hopes may have been given a lifeline after two Australian teammates comes to blows at training.
Queensland pair Lindsay Collins and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui had to be separated during a Kangaroos training sessions as the pair came to blows.
The sessions reportedly got heated which led to the pair getting into each other’s faces, a possible sign of unrest in the tournament favourites camp.
The duo will know each other well through State of Origin which makes the coming together slightly more surprising as there is none of usual state pride involved.
Gold Coast Titans captain Fa’asuamaleaui isn’t too concerned about the incident though and played down the coming together to reporters.
“I guess it’s the heat of the moment out there in training,” the prop forward said.
“We are proud boys that just want to train hard and we just bumped heads a bit there, but it’s all love at the end of the day.”
Even with the incident played down to the public, this could be the first sign of unrest in the Australian camp as the tournament progresses further.
The likelihood of England winning this home World Cup would mean them beating Australia and this first sign of discontent in the Kangaroos camp could be crucial come the important knockout games.
For England, their camp looks together and unified in their ambition of winning the World Cup and this club team mentality could be the difference from previous World Cups.