It has been around for a little while but we do not think he will not play,” Bennett said.

” 1 Sam Burgess has given England a big boost England are boosted by the return of talismanic forward Sam Burgess for their World Cup quarter-final against Papua New Guinea on Sunday. The 28-year-old South Sydney favourite missed the last two group games after damaging a medial ligament in his right knee in the opening defeat by Australia in Melbourne on October 27.

After making steady and consistent progress in his recovery, Burgess came through a full first training session in Albert Park after the England team returned to Melbourne from Perth and Bennett admits his return is timely as the team enter the knockout stages. “Sam will play,” head coach Wayne Bennett said after the session. “He is all good but he has still got tests to pass. “Sam brings a lot but right now his priority is to play well and not worry about the team. The team has been playing well without him.  “If he is playing on the edge it is not as demanding physically as it is in the middle so he might be able to get through the whole game or he might not.

It is not a real issue in the first half, it’s something for the second half.” Burgess takes the place of Cronulla forward Chris Heighington, with Ben Currie keeping his place in the second row after making a promising start to his Test career. Winger Jermaine McGillvary, who has scored four tries in three matches so far, sat out the training session after picking up an ankle injury in Sunday’s 36-6 win over France but Bennett expects him to recover in time. “It has been around for a little while but we do not think he will not play,” Bennett said. “He will play.” With Jonny Lomax still struggling with a calf strain, Bennett is spared a selection dilemma at full-back, with Gareth Widdop keeping the number one jersey after an impressive display against the French and Kevin Brown retaining the number six role alongside Luke Gale.

Asked if Widdop provides him with more options, ” Bennett said: “It does. He was very good but Stefan (Ratchford) was very good there last week as well so we have got some good options. “We’ve got a pretty good squad and capable of doing a job if we need them.” Hooker Josh Hodgson is recalled after being rested for the final group game but his rival James Roby earns a place on the bench.

Team: G Widdop; J McGillvary, K Watkins, J Bateman, R Hall; K Brown, L Gale; C Hill, J Hodgson, J Graham, S Burgess, E Whitehead, S O’Loughlin (capt). Interchange: A Walmsley, T Burgess, B Currie, J Roby.   ” ” Andy Murray expects to decide by Friday morning’s draw whether he will compete at Wimbledon.

The 31-year-old has played only three matches since his return from almost a year out, and suffered the second of two defeats on Wednesday afternoon when he lost 6-4 6-4 to Kyle Edmund at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. 2 Edmund beat Murray 6-4, 6-4 He has no plans to play an exhibition match in an attempt to prepare for his potential participation at the All England Club, and will instead base his decision on whether he believes he can do himself justice.

Asked if he will know by 10am on Friday, when the draw is made, Murray responded: “Yeah, probably. I’ll chat with my team in the next couple of days. “Obviously see how I pull up again (on Thursday), but I don’t really anticipate any issues. “With each match I’m trying to gain information about where I’m at physically and where my game is at. “The matches have been helpful for that.

The match against Nick (Kyrgios, last week) was a significantly longer match. (Against Edmund) was very different. “I was reacting a lot on the court rather than being the one that was dictating on my own serve. 2 Murray with the famous Wimbledon trophy in 2016 “They are the sort of things that when you play against the best players, which obviously Kyle is one of them just now, over the course of the match, that tells a little bit. “There is no risk of me playing tennis just now.

It’s just whether I feel like I’m able to do myself justice. Two weeks ago I practised with Kyle and I didn’t win a game. “So I have made decent improvements (over) the last couple of weeks and obviously have been somewhat competitive in the matches that I have played. But I don’t just want to go out there to just play.

I want to be able to compete properly. “If I don’t feel like I can do that, then I won’t play. If I do and physically I feel ready, mentally I’m in the right place, then I’ll go for it, but there’s no danger about me injuring my hip more than there would be at any other stage.” Edmund, 23, succeeded Murray as the British number one while the Scot was out injured, and victory represented his first against a player he describes as his “idol”. “To beat him, it might seem strange but it shows I have improved a lot,” he said. “It’s not nice playing them, but it’s one of them where to have that definitely gives you a lot of confidence and belief.” “

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