Kevin Brown targets World Cup final glory with 'special' England squad

Kevin Brown targets World Cup final glory with 'special' England squad

"I got picked and was then sort of on the outer in the squad but I was just determined to take my chance if I got it and I feel I have been doing that and contributing well to the team, having a bit of a calming influence and adding a bit of structure".

'McGillvary and Hall are so hard to handle, they are big, strong lads so we are going to have to make sure our kick chase is the best it's been all tour and handle them with a lot of numbers and be quite physical because that is how they run the ball'.

In contrast, the Kangaroos have won ten World Cups, including seven of the last eight. A noted internationalist with 41 years experience as a coach, Bennett even played for Huddersfield in the 1970s.

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It will be played at the Brisbane Stadium. "I wanted England to be hopefully more competitive - I wanted to be where we are today I suppose", he said. Hopefully they can stay there.

Winning the World Cup for the first time since Great Britain snared the trophy in 1972 could have a huge impact on the sport in the UK.

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Bennett's contract with England comes to an end after the tournament, but for now, the focus is exclusively on attempting to take down favourites Australia in Brisbane.

'Being aware of where Gareth is at all times when they are attacking our line is probably key for us.

Simply reaching the final has been an achievement for England, who have bridged a 22-year gap, and anything more will be a bonus while fans of the green and gold may well recall their team going into the 2008 final at the same venue as hot favourites only to be turned over by New Zealand.

Bennett has been full of praise of the way the England squad has carried themselves during the World Cup.

The England coach praised the commitment of his players and added: "They're an outstanding group of men". Their behaviour on and off the field has surprised me in the sense that they're so disciplined.

"I've not had one occasion where I've had to talk to a player about his behaviour or about his lack of respect for someone or whatever".

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