Rugby League World Cup: Leeds' Stevie Ward backing England to impress
Listen to what Leeds Rhinos youngster Stevie Ward told Sky Sports News Radio about England.
Last Updated: 05/11/13 2:01pm
It has been a somewhat turbulent time for England off the field during the World Cup following Gareth Hock's expulsion from the squad, while Leeds' Zak Hardaker has now also dropped out for 'personal reasons'.
Ward does not believe the changes will have impacted Steve McNamara's squad massively as there is still a significant amount of talent in their World Cup squad.
The 19-year-old endured an injury-hit 2013 for Leeds and watching this year's hugely successful World Cup has only strengthened his resolve to return to full fitness and win international honours.
The 2013 tournament has proved a big hit with the public with record crowds throughout the country and Ward insists a positive World Cup is only good for the game as a whole.
On the field England returned to winning ways at the weekend after bouncing back from their 28-20 loss to Australia with a resounding 42-0 triumph in Huddersfield on Saturday.
Ward was pleased with England's improved defence against Mark Aston's side at the John Smith's Stadium, saying they will need to be tight at the back if they are to topple New Zealand in their expected meeting in the semi-finals.