#RLWC2017 MATCH PREVIEW I England vs Lebanon

England will be looking to get their first win of the World Cup when they face tough opponents, Lebanon.

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Lebanon shocked the French side last week to claim their first World Cup victory with a sprinkling of NRL players featured. They are the lowest-ranked team in the tournament with that win potentially pushing them to a quarter-final place.

England were on the losing side against a below-par Australian side; the 18-4 victory for the Kangaroos was the opener for the tournament where England showed plenty of promise for the rest of their campaign.

England introduce Ben Currie into the World Cup arena, replacing Sam Burgess in the squad. Walmsley will get his spot on the bench back after missing last week through illness.

Lebanon have rung the changes to their squad. Daniel Abou-Sleiman, Bilal Maarbani, Chris Saab, Jamie Clark, Jason Wehbe and Fraymound Moujalli all  come into the squad having missed the win against France last time out.

England will be a little more cautious going into this game as they may have done before the tournament started. After Lebanon’s start to their World Cup campaign, the England side should not underestimate the Cedars as they look to spoil the party. I expect an dominant England win but it will be a tough contest for both sides.

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ENGLAND: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Jermaine McGillvary, 3. Kallum Watkins, 4. John Bateman, 5. Ryan Hall, 6. Gareth Widdop, 7. Luke Gale, 8. Chris Hill, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. James Graham, 11. Ben Currie, 12. Elliott Whitehead, 13. Sean O’Loughlin (C).

Subs: 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Chris Heighington, 16. Tom Burgess, 17. James Roby.

Reserves: 18. George Williams, 19. Mike McMeeken, 20. Mark Percival, 21. Stefan Ratchford.

LEBANON: 1. Daniel Abou-Sleiman, 2. Travis Robinson, 3. Bilal Maarbani, 4. Adam Doueihi, 5. Abbas Miski, 6. Mitchell Moses, 7. Robbie Farah (C), 8. Tim Mannah, 9. Michael Lichaa, 10. Alex Twal, 11. Chris Saab, 12. Ahmad Ellaz, 13. Nick Kassis.

Subs: 14. Mitchell Mamary, 15. Raymound Moujalli, 16. Jamie Clark, 17. Jason Wehbe.

Reserves: 18. Elias Sukkar, 19. Anthony Layoun, 20. Andrew Kazzi, 21. Jamie Elias.

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