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Graham and Roby rested by England

Venue: Newcastle Date: Saturday, 8 November Kick-off: 0855 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports 2; Live text commentary on BBC Sport website; Highlights on BBC Sport website and BBC Red Button

James Roby
Hooker Roby has been one of England's best performers in Australia

England will go into Saturday's final World Cup pool match against New Zealand with just two specialist props.

Coach Tony Smith has decided to rest James Graham, while Maurie Fa'asavalu will miss the game because of injury.

James Roby and Ade Gardner also sit out the match as England look to recover from their 52-4 defeat by Australia.

Mickey Higham, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Jamie Langley, Rob Purdham, Paul Sykes and Ben Westwood have been named in Smith's 19-strong squad.

Winger Lee Smith replaces Gardner after missing the game against Australia with a foot injury.

Second-rower Jones-Buchanan believes he has the ideal opportunity to impress Smith and secure a long-term berth in the side.

"I haven't played since the Grand Final and it's four and a half weeks now," said the Leeds player.

"If I get a game I'll be buzzing and I'll make the most of my opportunity. I don't just want to be a stop-gap, I want to get in there and do my best and make sure that I can hold my own."

England's only other injury absentee is back rower Jon Wilkin, who has facial bruising but is expected to be available for the semi-final.


Prop Evarn Tuimavave will make his debut for New Zealand in place of the rested captain Nathan Cayless.

The call-up of the 24-year-old New Zealand Warrior is one of five changes made by coach Stephen Kearney to the side which beat Papua New Guinea 48-6 on the Gold Coast last Saturday.

The side will be led by Melbourne back rower Jeremy Smith, who captained the side against Tonga in Auckland last month.

The other change in the starting pack sees David Fa'alogo promoted from the bench in place of second rower Setaimata Sa, with veteran David Kidwell coming on to the bench.

There are two changes in the backline, where winger Jason Nightingale replaces Sam Perrett while Steve Matai returns from suspension at centre for Krisnan Inu.

Wests Tigers forward Bronson Harrison will play his first Test in three years, replacing Sam Rapira on the bench.

England (from): Burrow, Calderwood, Ellis, Gleeson, Higham, Hock, Jones-Buchanan, Langley, McGuire, Morley, Peacock (capt), Pryce, Purdham, Senior, Sinfield, Smith, Sykes, Wellens, Westwood.

New Zealand: Hohaia, Nightingale, Matai, Ropati, Vatuvei, Marshall, Leuluai, Blair, Fien, Tuimavave, Mannering, Fa'alogo, Smith (capt). Replacements: Luke, Eastwood, Harrison, Kidwell.

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
Prop Fa'asavalu out of World Cup
06 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Smith left humbled by record loss
02 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Australia 52-4 England
02 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Australia v England as it happened
02 Nov 08 |  Rugby League
Australia 30-6 New Zealand
26 Oct 08 |  Rugby League
England 32-22 Papua New Guinea
25 Oct 08 |  Rugby League

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