England are headed to the quarter-finals and do so on the back of a record-breaking 17-try win over Greece.
The 17 tries alongside Marc Sneyd’s 13 conversions saw England claim a huge 94-4 win and Sneyd was amongst the England stars who will have hoped to have forced their way into Shaun Wane’s strongest 17 as the knockouts approach.
The knockouts begin with a semi-final clash at Wigan Warriors’ DW Stadium in which England are likely to butt heads with Papua New Guinea who are led by Leeds Rhinos star Rhyse Martin and Leigh Leopards trio Nene MacDonald, Lachlan Lam and Edwin Ipape.
It will be a difficult game, when asked if he’s close to knowing his side for that game, former Wigan boss and now the man spearheading England’s World Cup charge Shaun Wane said: “Yeah fairly close.”
He then said that it has been hard making sure everyone got game time and now the easy job is picking a side that he thinks has the best chance of beating Papua New Guinea.
He said: “The last three weeks have been hard to get game time for everyone.
“This week it will be easy as we pick the 17 players who will get us the win over Papua New Guinea.”
He also responded to claims that his side would be underdone going into the knockouts due to the way he has rotated his squad:
“In the week we’ve had really physical training sessions, the players have been going into every game sore. If anyone thinks we’re under done we’re not.”