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England outclass France in Perth

Les Chanticleers needed to beat their traditional rivals to have a chance of playing in the quarter-finals, yet England snuffed out any chance of that happening with four tries inside the first 20 minutes.

Gareth Widdop opened England's scoring in the second minute after ghosting through on the right side, and Stefan Ratchford crossed two minutes later on the same edge.

James Graham made it three tries in 10 minutes, before Mark Percival scored in the 18th minute after some quick passing.

England captain wants improvement

England ground their way to a patchy 29-10 win against Lebanon last week, with coach Wayne Bennett saying they "lost their way in the second half", and the Wigan Warriors captain wants more consistency at Perth Stadium.

Joint England and Wales training session had 'edge'

Nigel Owens was called in to referee an unprecedented training session between the Six Nations rivals in Bristol on Monday.

England scrum coach Hatley said there was no shortage of intensity and thinks both sides can reap the rewards ahead of the autumn internationals.

Hatley said: "It was good, very worthwhile. Obviously it is good to get live competition early on in the week and it was a very worthwhile session, a lot to be gained from it.

Kane, Winks out of England squad

West Brom midfielder Jake Livermore has been called up by Gareth Southgate for the games at Wembley on November 10 and 14.

It was confirmed on Sunday Alli would play no part in the matches due to the hamstring injury that ruled him out of Spurs' 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

And Alli has been joined on the sidelines by Kane and Winks as Southgate suffers a blow in his planning for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

Widdop to fullback for new-look England

Regular fullback Jonny Lomax is out with a calf strain, allowing Kevin Brown to come in and partner Luke Gale in the halves. 

McGillvary referred to judiciary

The 42nd-minute incident resulted in a running battle between the pair throughout the second half after Farah reported the incident to referee Ben Thaler.

McGillvary - who has been a standout for England, scoring in both their matches so far - has now been referred directly to the judiciary panel.

Bennett far from satisfied with England

England raced out to a 22-6 lead at halftime but could only manage seven points in the second, with execution an issue for Bennett's side after a remarkable five forward passes were called throughout the encounter.

Burgess could return for last eight

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Burgess was forced off in the first half of England's 18-4 loss to holders and co-hosts Australia in Melbourne on Friday.

It was feared the 28-year-old would be ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.

But Burgess has now been examined by a knee specialist, prompting England's medical staff to forecast his return to the playing squad "earlier than anticipated". 

Bennett satisfied with England effort

England only trailed by eight points late in the match, but Josh Dugan's runaway try sealed the Kangaroos' victory with a minute to play.

"I was pretty happy with it overall actually," he said. 

Aussies edge England in Cup opener

The Kangaroos scored three tries to one but England showed they were more than capable of matching their old foe.

While the result didn't go England's way their bigger concern will be the fitness of star forward Sam Burgess, who was sidelined in the first half with a knee injury.