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

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.

England winger Josh Charnley celebrates after scoring against Australia

Rugby League World Cup 2013: Josh Charnley and James Roby return for quarter-final clash with France

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

Owen Farrell during England training at Pennyhill Park

England v New Zealand: Owen Farrell knows he must be better than the perfect 10 at Twickenham

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.

Rob Burrow spared England’s blushes against Fiji

Rob Burrow increases England options for Steve McNamara

Rob Burrow demonstrated at the weekend that a role has to be found for him in the latter stages of the tournament, as England look to progress beyond the quarter-finals.

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

Wigan celebrate their Super League Grand Final victory last weekend

Gary Hetherington unhappy at Super League reverse

The chief executive of Leeds Rhinos, Gary Hetherington, has expressed his dismay at the Rugby Football League's decision to postpone its restructuring of the domestic game until after the World Cup.

Golden goodbye: Sam Tomkins could not stop Ben Westwood but celebrated Goulding’s try, to young fans’ joy

Warrington Wolves 16 Wigan Warriors 30 match report: Warriors battle to stunning victory

Wigan overturn 16-2 deficit in remarkable fightback as injury to Joel Monaghan undermines Wolves

Lee Mossop is set to join Parramatta after the World Cup

Tough task for Wigan to fill Lee Mossop's boots

Prop relishing chance to bow out as a Grand Final winner before his big move Down Under

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

Sean O'Loughlin has missed the play-offs with an Achilles injury

Sam Tomkins wants Sean O’Loughlin to lift Super League trophy for Wigan

Sam Tomkins hopes to be relieved of the Wigan captaincy for his last game for the club – Saturday’s Super League Grand Final against Warrington at Old Trafford.

Simon Grix goes over for his first and Warrington’s third try

Warrington 30 Huddersfield 22 match report: Wolves edge past Giants to book Grand Final spot

Last season's beaten finalists will contest the Super League Grand Final after narrowly getting the better of Huddersfield for the fourth time in 2013. Two tries from their leading scorer, Joel Monaghan, put them on their way to victory as the Wolves showed again that they are the one side that has the Giants' number.

Wolves choose to take on Giants in Super League play-off semi-finals

Warrington have chosen to play Huddersfield in the Super League play-off semi-finals.The tie, which is a repeat of the 2009 Challenge Cup final won by the Wolves, will be played at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday.

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