Charnley Hoping To Take Australia Out

Charnley Hoping To Take Australia Out

Wigan and England Winger Josh Charnley says the chance to take Australia out of the Four Nations this weekend in Melbourne is a huge motivation for him and the England team.

"To knock the Aussies out on their own soil would be great." admitted Charnley.

"We watched a bit of their game at the stadium on Saturday (Australia losing 30-12 to New Zealand after the England game). It was a big game, a physical game. They've had a few players pull out of this tournament but our squad is young too with fresh faces in. We're really looking forward to it."

The Chorley born flyer gained his sixth cap for England last week as Steve McNamara's side ran out 32-26 winners against Samoa: "Samoa came out firing in that first 20 minutes and we hung in there, I think we'll need to do the same again this weekend though."

England were favourites for the game with the Samoans however they had to come from behind in the second half to get the win.

Josh said: "It was a tough game, we turned over too much ball. It was definitely a battle, we just wanted to get the win to get us going and that's what we were able to do.

"We weren't at our best but we've been working on fixing that in training and have had some really good sessions this week.

"The conditions were very different to what we are used to but we've been here a week now and train at the times of the games so we've adapted."

Charnley praised Matty Smith after making his debut in the win: "Matty went great, he has fitted in really well. All the boys like having him around and they're running off him well too."

Another Wigan player hoping to play against Australia is Captain Sean O'Loughlin who missed the Samoa game due to injury. Josh said: "Lockers is doing ok and is hoping to play on Saturday, he's our Captain and a great player so hopefully he makes it."

England play Australia on Sunday knowing that a win will take them straight to the Four Nations Final. The game is live on BBC 2 from 4:30am (5:00am kick off) with highlights on BBC 2 at 5:00pm on Sunday evening.



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