James Roby hoping to retain England World Cup place
By Matthew Treadwell
Last Updated: 13/11/17 7:58am
James Roby is hoping he has done enough to earn a place in the England starting line-up for their World Cup quarter-final against Papua New Guinea.
The St Helens hooker was singled out for praise by head coach Wayne Bennett after his impressive performance in the 36-6 victory over France in their final group match in Perth, which guaranteed England's place in the last eight of the tournament.
Roby was recalled in place of England's regular hooker Josh Hodgson and he must now wait to see if he will get the nod against Papua New Guinea in Melbourne on Sunday.
"Wayne will speak to us during the week and tell us what his team selection is," said Roby. "There's good rivalry in this squad in pretty much every position. They're all quality players.
"Obviously myself and Josh are rotating in training but that's the same for the other players. We're all competitive by nature and it probably brings out the best in us without us even realising it sometimes."
England through to World Cup quarters
Jermaine McGillvary scored twice as England produced their best display of the World Cup to cruise into the quarter-finals.
England flew out of Perth on Monday to set up camp in Melbourne, where their World Cup campaign began with an 18-4 defeat to Australia in the opening game of the competition.
Bennett's men have yet to catch fire in the tournament, having tailed off against both Lebanon and France after making positive starts.
"We're aware of that," added Roby. "We need to rectify it. We had a really good start against France and put points on the board but in the second half our completion was way down.
"I'm sure we'll be touching on that this week. There were periods in the game when we got a bit lost and we need to get that out of our game and put an 80-minute performance together."