17th December 04:05 AM
England will attempt to become world champions for the first time
By Dhanjay Deo
Saturday 02/12/2017
English Rugby League supporters

England will attempt to become world champions for the first time when they take on reigning champions Australia in the Rugby League World Cup final tonight.

It is England's first appearance in a World Cup final for 22 years, with the 1995 encounter ending in a 16‑8 defeat by Australia at Wembley.

The last time a team from Britain won the tournament was in 1972 when a combined Great Britain team secured their third world title.

England captain Sean O'Loughlin has been ruled out after picking up a quad injury in their semi‑final victory over Tonga, so Sam Burgess will skipper the side at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

England are also without Josh Hodgson, leaving James Roby as the only hooker in the 17‑man squad, with Ben Currie starting in the second row and full‑back Jonny Lomax coming on to the bench.

Australia will take on England at 10 tonight in the Rugby League World Cup final.

Source: BBC

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