It’s the second World Cup meeting between the two nations – England came out 26-16 winners in the 2000 tournament, with the Irish team that day containing several familiar names, including Steve Prescott, Brian Carney, Terry O’Connor and Barrie McDermott.
“We have realised what mentality we need, and that we have got no right to win any game. We have taken the Australia game on the chin and we will look to build on what we did well.”
England Squad: Carl Ablett (Leeds), Tom Briscoe (Hull), George Burgess (Souths), Tom Burgess(Souths), Rob Burrow (Leeds), Rangi Chase (Castleford), Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield), Liam Farrell(Wigan), Brett Ferres (Huddersfield), James Graham (Canterbury), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Chris Hill(Warrington), Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan), James Roby (St Helens), Kevin Sinfield (Leeds), Sam Tomkins(Wigan), Kallum Watkins (Leeds), Ben Westwood (Warrington), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne).
Ireland Squad: Dave Allen (Widnes), Luke Ambler (Halifax), Bob Beswick (Leigh), Damien Blanch(Catalan), Danny Bridge (Warrington), Ben Currie (Warrington), Liam Finn (Featherstone), Simon Finnigan(Leigh), Kurt Haggerty (Barrow), James Hasson (Manly), Rory Kostjasyn (North Queensland), Stuart Littler(Leigh), Tyrone McCarthy (Warrington), James Mendeika (Warrington), Anthony Mullally (Huddersfield), Apirana Pewhairangi (Parramatta), Pat Richards (Wigan), Joshua Toole (St George), Brett White(Canberra)