Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford makes huge claim about Shaun Wane’s England ahead of semi-final clash

Almost every Englishman will be willing England to victory on Saturday as they take on Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final with a place in the final at Old Trafford up for grabs.

However, one Englishman will be in the opposition dugout in the shape of Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford as he acts as Samoa assistant coach under Matt Parish.

Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Rugby League World Cup podcast he explained how the Samoa side are growing.

He also made a huge claim about Shaun Wane’s England team.

He noted that Samoa will have to continue to improve if they are going to beat England on Saturday due to the fact that England, to him, have been the “best team” in the tournament so far.

He said: “We’ve been growing as a group and hopefully we can continue that this week against what to me looks like the best team in the competition in England.

“When I say team I don’t particularly mean on paper. They’ve got a lot of quality and cohesion in what they’re doing.

“They’ve had a long time to plan for this so you’d probably expect that as well.”

Samoa will have to find a way to beat England without skipper Junior Paulo after he copped a ban yesterday.

Meanwhile, star fullback Joseph Suaali’i escaped a ban for raising his knee in a tackle.

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