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Wigan have won the chase for Bradford's promising back-row forward John Bateman.

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James Graham was dropped for the Australia game for disciplinary reasons

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James Graham is back in the England team for the match against Ireland after being dropped for disciplinary reasons at the start of the World Cup.

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Two tries from US captain Joseph Paulo helped his side record a 32-20 victory against Cook Islands in their opening World Cup match.

Sean O'Loughlin will replace Sam Burgess for England's match against Irleand as long as he proves his fitness by Thursday

Sean O'Loughlin ready to step up and replace suspended Sam Burgess as long as he proves his fitness

The Wigan captain has only featured in two matches in the past two months - the Challenge Cup final and the Super League final

England head coach Steve McNamara looks on during training

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England star Sam Burgess banned for match against Ireland

England's loose-forward has been handed a one-match ban for a high tackle on Australia's Sam Thaiday

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Sam Burgess will find out on Monday whether he faces a suspension that would end his World Cup.

New Zealand’s Frank Pritchard is tackled by Samoa’s Sauaso Sue and Suaia Matagi

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Manu Vatuvei’s second half hat-trick of tries saved the World Cup-holders from potential embarrassment after they clocked off too early, thinking their job was done.

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Brett Ferris and Sam Burgess express their disappointment after England suffered defeat to Australia

Australia 28 England 20 match report: Battling England frustrated by Australia comeback

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England's George Burgess scores on his England debut, having already had an effort chalked off

Australia 28 England 20: Steve McNamara admits to 'sense of frustration' after England fall short in Cardiff

The head coach of the Rugby League World Cup hosts admits they were sloppy in giving away too many penalties to allow the Kangaroos back into the match

The opening ceremony to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium ahead of Australia v England

Australia 28 England 20: The World Cup match in pictures

England came up short in their attempt to beat the Rugby League World Cup favourites

Steve McNamara stormed out of a press conference Friday night

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Steve McNamara, the England coach, walked out of his pre-World Cup press conference rather than explain his decision to drop James Graham from the curtain-raiser against Australia.

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