England skipper Sean O’Loughlin has been ruled out for the side ahead of tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated World Cup Final against Australia in Brisbane. The news comes as a second injury blow to coach Wayne Bennett who also lost the services of hooker Josh Hodgson after he picked up an injury in the nail-biting semi-final against Tonga.
Sam Burgess drops to loose forward and takes over as England captain and the coach sticks with his new found combination of Gareth Widdop at full back with Kevin Brown and Luke Gale in the halves.
Jonny Lomax comes into the seventeen and will get a place on the bench with Ben Currie in the starting line up partnering Elliott Whitehead in the second row.
The line-up in full is; Gareth Widdop, Jermaine McGillvary, Kallum Watkins, John Bateman, Ryan Hall, Kevin Brown, Luke Gale, Chris Hill, James Roby, James Graham, Ben Currie, Elliott Whitehead and Sam Burgess.
Substitutes will be; Alex Walmsley, Tom Burgess, Chris Heighington, Jonny Lomax.