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Fixture list favours Wales this year although they still face a testing trip to Twickenham to take on England on March 9

England’s Sam Tomkins, left, is tackled by France’s Éloi Pélissier, right

Steve McNamara demands massive improvement against Kiwis

England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.

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Steve Prescott: Sportsman who raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

Steve Prescott, who has died at the age of 39, would be an educated choice as one of rugby league’s bravest players – on and off the field. The first side of that equation saw him enjoy a fine career with his home-town club, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield, tour with Great Britain and represent both England and Ireland.

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Charnley replaces wing Tom Briscoe while Roby comes in for Carl Ablett

Owen Farrell during England training at Pennyhill Park

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England's young fly-half will have to nail his kicks and cramp the style of his opposite number Dan Carter

Steve McNamara’s side to face France in last eight

Samoa ground out a hard-fought 22-6 win over France in a bruising Group B game in Perpignan last night to secure the runners-up spot and a World Cup quarter-final against Fiji.

Brett Ferres (C) of England celebrates his try with team mates Leroy Cudjoe (L) and Ryan Hall during the Rugby League World Cup Group A match against Fiji

England 34 Fiji 12 match report: World Cup victory secured after tough start

Runners-up sport in Group A now assured

Michael McIlorum has won out over James Roby as hooker

World Cup: Steve McNamara determined to qualify on a high

England’s progress into the World Cup quarter-finals might look a formality, but they are preparing themselves for a searching physical test from Fiji in their final group game in Hull this afternoon.

Chris Ashton runs though the slalom poles during training

England v Argentina: Chris Ashton is lucky to be in the England team, says Stuart Lancaster

Injuries force coach to retain winger for Argentina match despite his lack of form

England forward Sam Burgess has been named in the England squad for their match with Fiji after serving a one-game suspension

Rugby League World Cup: Three changes for England as Sam Burgess returns after suspension for Fiji clash

Steve McNamara could also give Michael McIlorum his first start of the tournament after naming him in place of James Roby

England's Zak Hardaker has been fined for a breach of discipline by his club Leeds Rhinos following his withdrawal from England's Rugby League World Cup squad

England coach Steve McNamara left red faced after exiled Zak Hardaker is fined by Leeds Rhinos for breach of discipline

Hardaker withdrew from England's Rugby League World Cup squad due to 'personal reasons' but his club have lift the lid on the matter after McNamara refused to elaborate

Sam Tomkins confident that England will pull-off 'something special' as they prepare for Rugby League World Cup

The former Wigan Warriors full-back, who has announced he has joined NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes this is the most talented England squad he has been a part of

Heineken Cup round-up: Peace on the cards for European game

Compromise is not a thought in the mind of any rugby player as he thunders into action, but for the blazers, it could lead to salvation.

Marland Yarde has admitted that London Irish's self-imposed alcohol ban is to credit for win over Harlequins

London Irish drinking ban paid off with victory over Harlequins claims England winger Marland Yarde

Yarde admits that the squad-wide self-imposed alcohol ban could continue in an effort to maintain winning ways as Irish prepare for Europe

Paul Wood in the thick of the action against Wigan this season

Paul Wood handed a perfect stage to put the horrors of depression behind him

Final call is reward for rediscovering his best form after infamous injury and life lows

All four of the Burgess brothers: (L-R) Tom, George, Luke and Sam with their mother Julie

Rugby League World Cup: Eorl Crabtree misses out as Steve McNamara names three Burgess brothers in England squad

McNamara revealed that uncapped twins George and Tom will join older brother Sam in the 24-man squad

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