Bennett defends Currie selection

19 October 2017 19:28:47 GMTPlus11

England head coach Wayne Bennett has defended the selection of Warrington Wolves' Ben Currie in his World Cup squad.

May raised questions over Currie's selection, after he missed a large period of the 2017 league season through injury.

But Bennett insists that the young forward is a worthy inclusion in his squad.

"Ben had a pretty ordinary season in one sense because he's not played many games, but we all know what he can bring and I was keen to have him here. He should have been in the Four Nations but he got injured just before the start," said the England boss, who says his coaching staff have largely been in agreement surrounding squad selection.

"The four coaches gave me their teams and we were pretty much all on the same page. We've got a very good balance, with some very experienced players and others that are on the way up."

Ben had a pretty ordinary season in one sense because he's not played many games, but we all know what he can bring and I was keen to have him here.

Wayne Bennett

England face Australia in the first match at the Rugby League World Cup, and Bennett has been quick to emphasise the importance of the team's performance, over the result, when the sides meet in Melbourne a week on Friday.

"We're not worried about the result," he said.

"The emphasis will be on how we play and what we can manage against them, making sure we're competitive all night. If we get beaten by a few points, well that will give us confidence to go onto the next stage."

England are 5/1 to win their opening World Cup game, while the Kangaroos are priced at 3/20 to come out on top.

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