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World Cup pictures

England fans

Plenty of England fans make the trip to the Dairy Farmers Stadium for the World Cup opener against Papua New Guinea

PNG fans

The Queensland city of Townsville has a significant Papua New Guinean presence meaning it is almost a home game for their side

Ade Gardner

St Helens wing Ade Gardner goes over for England's first try after a nervy start for coach Tony Smith's side

 Papua New Guinea celebrate after Jason Chan's try

Papua New Guinea make a superb start and Jason Chan scores PNG's second of three first-half tries

Paul Wellens

St Helens full-back Paul Wellens feels the force of the PNG defence and England are 16-12 down at the break

England

England's players look shell-shocked going into half-time

England captain Jamie Peacock

England captain Jamie Peacock rallies his players as the second half gets under way

Gareth Ellis appeals for a high tackle to referee Shane Hayne

Wests Tigers-bound Gareth Ellis and his fellow England forwards are given a thorough examination by their physical opponents

Jamie Peacock on the charge is tackled by a PNG player

Peacock leads the way as his side hit back through Lee Smith in the 51st minute

Lee Smith touches down for his hat-trick try against Papua New Guinea in Townsville

And Leeds winger Smith completes his hat-trick on debut on 72 minutes after a barracking run from club team-mate Keith Senior



Rugby League World Cup : Group A Table
09 November 2008 10:42
  Team P PD PTS
1 Australia 3 112 6
2 New Zealand 3 30 4
3 England 3 -50 2
4 Papua New Guinea 3 -92 0

Rugby League World Cup : Group B Table
05 November 2008 12:59
  Team P PD PTS
1 Fiji 2 34 2
2 Scotland 2 -16 2
3 France 2 -18 2

Rugby League World Cup : Group C Table
05 November 2008 09:52
  Team P PD PTS
1 Ireland 2 16 2
2 Tonga 2 -6 2
3 Samoa 2 -10 2


see also
Rugby League World Cup squads
14 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup 2008 fixtures
08 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup Quiz
17 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
World Cup 2008 - players to watch
14 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup history
21 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
Rugby League World Cup on the BBC
06 Oct 08 |  Rugby League


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