Ex-St Helens man with bold prediction for who will win the World Cup and explains why

For the first time ever there are five, maybe six if you include Papua New Guinea, teams who could feasibly win the Rugby League World Cup.

Holders Australia, 2008 winners New Zealand and England of course have been the historic big three but with so many top drawer NRL stars in the Tongan and Samoan teams, they too have been tipped as at least potential finalists.

This saw many peg England as the fifth favourites for World Cup glory, however since their statement win over Samoa at St James’ Park in game one, the narrative has been changing slightly.

The likes of James Graham have subscribed to this with the former St Helens and NRL star claiming that Australia will now be worried about England.

Now, another former Saint in Kyle Amor has also backed England to do well in the World Cup.

When asked on BBC if he thought Australia were the favourites, he said: “No, I believe in England. I believe England can go all the way. I really do.”

He then went onto explain why he’s backing England to win the tournament: “I think with Australia, with there being so many players going back to their heritage nations, it has weakened them to an extent.

“Yes they are still a powerhouse and they are World Champions for a reason. But I just think with England on home soil with everything gearing up behind them and bubbling away just nicely, I think it’s their time this time.”

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