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Wednesday, 16 January, 2019

England set to make late decision on O'Loughlin

Skipper to take part in captain's run at Suncorp

England skipper Sean O'Loughlin takes on Lebanon's Mitchell Moses in their World cup pool-stage clash
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England are set to make a final decision on whether skipper Sean O’Loughlin can play in the World Cup final after Friday’s captain’s run training session.

The loose forward looked a possible absentee from the Suncorp Stadium showdown against Australia after picking up a thigh strain in the dramatic semi-final against Tonga but his prospects have improved as the week has progressed.

England hooker Josh Hodgson is out with a knee ligament injury. James Roby replaces him with Chris Heighington named on the bench.

Australia are general 18-point favourites on the handicap and 1-8 to lift the trophy, but England have been cut by several firms to cause a massive upset. The underdogs are 7-1 with Betway to rule the world but are as short as 9-2. Valentine Holmes is 6-1 favourite to score the first try.
World Cup final teams (Saturday 9am, Brisbane)
England: G Widdop; J McGillvary, K Watkins, J Bateman, R Hall; K Brown, L Gale; C Hill, J Roby, J Graham, S Burgess, E Whitehead, S O’Loughlin. Interchange: A Walmsley, B Currie, T Burgess, C Heighington.
Australia: B Slater; D Gagai, W Chambers, J Dugan, V Holmes; M Morgan, C Cronk; A Woods, C Smith, D Klemmer, B Cordner, M Gillett, J McGuire. Interchange:W Graham, J McLean, R Campbell-Gillard, T Frizell.

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Australia are general 18-point favourites on the handicap and 1-8 to lift the trophy
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