England v France LIVE: Three Lions aim for a perfect start to Rugby League World Cup after ruthless opening victory


Hosts England take on France in their second game of the Rugby League World Cup this evening as they look to build on their stunning opening victory. 

The Three Lions thrashed Samoa to get the showpiece tournament up and running last weekend, beating the team tipped to be their hardest opponents in Group A 60-6. 

England made a dream start to the World Cup

England made a dream start to the World Cup

After making a huge statement with such a comprehensive victory on the opening night, Shaun Wane’s side will now have high hopes of going far. 

England come up against France next in Bolton following Les Blues’ 34-12 win over Greece as the top two in the group face off. 

England vs France: How to follow

This Rugby League World Cup clash will take place on Saturday, October 22. 

Kick-off at the Bolton Community Stadium is scheduled for 5pm. 

The game will be shown live on BBC One from 4pm. It can also be live-streamed via your tablet and mobile devices on BBC iPlayer. 

talkSPORT’s Mark Wilson will provide updates of all the action throughout the afternoon. 

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

France beat debutants Greece in their opening game

France beat debutants Greece in their opening game


England vs France: Team news

England: Tomkins, Young, Watkins, Farnworth, Hall, Sneyd, Williams, Burgess, McIlorum, Hill, Whitehead, Bateman, Radley

Replacements: Welsby, Oledzki, Thompson, Ackers

France: Escare, Romano, Jullien, Langi, Laguerre, Mourgue, Gigot, Dezaria, Da Costa, Belmas, Goudemand, Seguier, Garcia

Replacements: Pelissier, Sangare, Springer, Le Cam

Referee: Gerard Sutton

England World Cup fixtures

15 October: England 60-6 Samoa – St James’ Park, Newcastle

22 October: England v France – 5pm, University of Bolton Stadium, Bolton

29 October: England v Greece – 2:30pm, Bramall Lane, Sheffield           

Young will be keen to keep his place after two tries against Samoa

Young will be keen to keep his place after two tries against Samoa

England vs France: What’s been said?

Three Lions head coach Wane was pleased with his team’s performance against Samoa.  

He said: “Without sounding arrogant, we did some really good things and I have got to know these players really well over the last two years.

“All respect to Samoa, but I know what these lads can do. I am really happy but we can improve, without any shadow of a doubt in my mind.

 “I thought we earned it. It was intense pressure from us and we were patient and our discipline was good.”

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