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Summary

  1. Click the live coverage tab to watch the match again
  2. FT: England 32-26 Samoa
  3. Shenton, Watkins, Farrell, J Tomkins, S Tomkins tries for England
  4. Widdop five conversions and a penalty
  5. Liu, Vidot, Godinet (2), Winterstein tries for Samoa

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that's the sound of the final hooter which brings our coverage to an end. We will be back about 04:00 BST next Sunday for the biggie - Australia v England. Can England upset the odds against the world champions? Set your alarm clock (or stay awake when you get home from the nightclub) to find out. See you then!

  2. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    What do you mean you've only just woken from your slumber and missed all the drama?! Unbelievable. If you were unfortunate enough not to see the game then catch up by reading our match report. And you can also watch highlights on BBC One at 13:00 BST.

  3. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "I was really impressed by two of England's debutants - Josh Hodgson and Daryl Clark. Both added something to the forward pack. Australia and New Zealand will now do their homework on both hookers."

  4. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    England now have a week to focus for the Aussies, but that tear up against the Samoans is the best preparation that they could have hoped for. Remember, Steve McNamara's side had not played together in almost a year since they were kicked out of their own World Cup by the New Zealand. There's nothing quite like the real thing, is there? Said someone. Once.

  5. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Jamie Peacock

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "England were looking much better in the second half but Samoa clawed their way back into the game. The 50 extra tackles in the first half had sapped the energy out of England.

    "England will get things right and there is nothing like getting live action in a game. They will know where they need to improve. The way they kicked the ball today was a positive."

  6. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "The game hinged on the Joel Tomkins' try which was analysed and analysed by the video referee.

    "I think it was a try. The ball went backwards. Someone saying that if you drew a line then it might have not have. But in real time it looked like a try."

  7. Get involved

    Robert Butterwick: Tough test but won all the same, #Samoa played well #FourNations #bbcrl

    Michael Keating: That was more exciting than it needed to be. Great second half from Matty Smith and Chris Hill #4Nations #BBCRL

    Marc Bazeley: Well, that was definitely worth getting up for. Wonderful advert for #rugbyleague #bbcrl #4Nations

  8. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "After 60 minutes it was 22-20 and England found a way to win - that is the positive for me. I never thought it would be that pretty but the kicking game very good and the desire to get a result was fantastic."

  9. Full time

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Tom Burgess

    It was nervy. It was energy-sapping. But England showed courage and character to edge over the finishing line to nick the win they needed. It means they start the Four Nations with a vital victory. Next up? World champions Australia.

  10. Full time

    England 32-26 Samoa

    And that is just about that. England run through three tackles, then Gareth Widdop boots out the ball as soon as the final hooter goes. Relief all around for the England camp.

  11. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Another Samoa set. It's last chance saloon. Two tackles to go - but there's England skipper James Graham to grab back possession. Phew!

  12. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    But back come Samoa! Joey Leilua looks like he could well be in down the right flank, kicking towards the England try line before regaining possession. The boot of Ben Roberts sends Samoa left but England pair Josh Charnley and Kallum Watkins combine to snuff out the danger.

  13. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Be boring England. Well done."

  14. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Wigan half-back Matty Smith has impressed on his England debut and plays some more smart rugby, with an inch-perfect kick, to relieve the pressure on his side. The ball is back in Samoan territory - exactly where England want it.

  15. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Five minutes for England to hold on. Five minutes for Samoa to level. Tense. Very tense.

    Ben Roberts smashes another high kick towards the England try line. And it is comfortable for Sam Tomkins to gather with few Samoan numbers putting him under the cosh.

  16. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Josh Charnley

    More Samoa pressure, another Ben Roberts bomb. England winger Josh Charnley awaits underneath it - superbly gathering under pressure, before returning the ball with interest.

  17. Post update

    Bobby Rooney: Watching all the way from Moscow, and what a start this will be! See it out ENgland and bring on the Aussies! #bbcrl #4Nations

  18. Post update

    England 32-26 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    Mose Masoe of Samoa is tackled

    "The Samoans, they will not lie down will they?"

  19. TRY

    England 32-26 Samoa - Winterstein try

    England fail to pressure Samoan kicker Ben Roberts as the ball goes out to the left touchline. Winger Antonio Winterstein gathers and scatters English pair Josh Charnley and Kallum Watkins to barge over.

    But Kyle Stanley slices wide the conversion from the left touchline. How costly could that be? The two points would have left Samoa another converted touchdown away from victory.

  20. TRY REVIEW

    England 32-22 Samoa

    It is not game over yet! Samoa trundle over the line but we go upstairs again to find out whether it was a legal touchline. Looks good to me...

  21. Post update

    England 32-22 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Here you go, there were question marks over the England half-backs, saying they can't do this and that, but they have kicked well today. The difference in the last 10 minutes has been the kicking game."

  22. CONVERTED TRY

    England 32-22 Samoa - Tomkins try, Widdop con

    Sam Tomkins's underwear is revealed as he stretches out for the line - but he is not the one left embarrassed. That's Samoa full-back Tim Simona for his juggling act. The video referee awards the try and Gareth Widdop boots over the sticks. That's six from six for the England half-back.

    Oh, and black briefs. Tomkins is wearing black briefs for anyone who is interested...

  23. TRY REVIEW

    England 26-22 Samoa

    Another high bomb from Matty Smith causes all sorts of panic in the Samoan defence. Full-back Tim Simona makes a complete hash of his gather, allowing Sam Tomkins to take advantage.

  24. Post update

    England 26-22 Samoa

    Great pressure from England as they win back possession. Scrum-half Matty Smith closes down Samoan kicker Ben Roberts to force his opposite number into a heavy touch.

  25. Post update

    Dan Short: Honestly, that should be no-try for England because Joel Tomkins was offside as the kick is played. #4Nations, #BBCRL, #FourNations.

  26. Post update

    England 26-22 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "We come back to the last two kicks. Ben Roberts's was poor but Matty Smith created pressure. It is such a vital part of the game. If they can control the ball, England can win because Samoa were ahead emotionally there. There is plenty of time on the clock."

  27. CONVERTED TRY

    England 26-22 Samoa - Tomkins try, Widdop con

    Joel Tomkins

    Nope. Shenton's contribution, as he leapt into the stuffy Brisbane air to gather Matty Smith's high kick, went backwards rules the video referee. Joel Tomkins scooped up the loose ball to put England back ahead. The decision is greeted by Samoan boos before Gareth Widdop, you won't be surprised to hear, makes no mistake with the kick.

  28. TRY REVIEW

    England 20-22 Samoa

    The video referee is earning his corn now. We go back upstairs after England second rower Joel Tomkins touches down. Was there a knock on from Michael Shenton in the build up?

  29. Post update

    England 20-22 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "England are getting caned around the ruck at the moment, the speed of the Samoans is far too fast at the moment."

  30. Post update

    England 20-22 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "What happens when you lose the ruck is that you need to tighten up the defence. It is twice now that they have gone the wrong way. They need to squeeze up because it was the last play. Two fundamental defensive errors has cost England. The crowd are humming behind Samoa now."

  31. Post update

    England 20-22 Samo

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Pita Godinat has had a wow of a game. He has changed their structure and the way they are playing since coming on. England need to compose themselves and tough it out now. Samoa have a huge lift now and it is up to England to disrupt the process."

  32. Post update

    England 20-22 Samoa

    Dave Woods

    BBC Sport commentator

    "Pita Godinet has embarrassed England twice now."

  33. CONVERTED TRY

    England 20-22 Samoa - Godinet try, Roberts con

    Pita Godinet celebrates with his Samoan tea

    Pita Godinet does have control of the ball and Samoa are level. The Wakefield half-back clings on with barely his right thumb to ground the ball.

    Ben Roberts keeps his cool to convert from close to the touchline and edge them ahead, sparking huge celebrations in the stands from huge swathes of Samoan fans.

  34. TRY REVIEW

    England 20-16 Samoa

    Samoa are level! Or are they? Pita Godinet scrambles over again but has he got control of the ball? Over to the video referee...

  35. Post update

    England 20-16 Samoa

    The Samoans almost pull level! Second rower Frank Pritchard charges through the England defence, but has no support to finish off the move. A high bomb causes panic in the England defence - drop out.

    Sam Tomkins lets the high kick bounce - big mistake. It is near the dead-ball line but bounces just in front of it and heads back into play. There is a huge scramble to reach the ball. At first the ref decides it was Samoan hands that put the ball out of play but then reverses his decision - correctly. It was Ryan Hall who got to the ball first.

  36. Post update

    Marc Bazeley: Pita Godinet has mugged England off big time. He probably could have strolled through the gap twirling a cane #bbcrl #4Nations

  37. Post update

    England 20-16 Samoa

    Well, well, well. That one would have left England fans spluttering over their cornflakes. These Samoans are a plucky bunch - can they mount an remarkable comeback?

  38. Post update

    England 20-16 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Defend the immediate, where is the ball? It is in front of you. The markers were looking wide but great instincts from Pita Godinet to score. That puts the cats amongst the pigeons. Just the way it opened up for him, you control your defensive pattern from marker."

  39. CONVERTED TRY

    England 20-16 Samoa - Godinet try, Stanley con

    Pita Godinet

    England are caught hook, line and sinker by a superb dummy. Samoan dummy half Pita Godinet angles for an inventive shimmy from about 10 metres out and the England defence bite like a hungry koi carp. The markers go missing as Godinet strolls over to bring Samoa back into the contest, aided by Kyle Stanley's conversion.

  40. Post update

    England 20-10 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "This team in blue won't go away, as long as they are hanging on, we saw that at the World Cup last year. England need to keep going through the processes and execute their skills."

  41. Post update

    England players

    Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on the England bench during a big international? Now you know thanks to England Rugby League's latest behind-the-scenes Tweet.

  42. Post update

    Nick Roberts: This performance will hardly have the Aussies and Kiwis quaking in their boots. Too much dropped ball and penalties. #bbcrl #4nations

    Martyn Levitt: Like the look of Smith and Widdop together here. Fair to say England not missing Rangi Chase! #bbcrl

  43. Post update

    England 20-10 Samoa

    James Graham of England

    England, led by skipper James Graham, crash into the Samoan defence as they aim to find another hole. Matty Smith clips in a grubber on the last tackle, but it is too strong for team-mate Daryl Clark to touch down.

  44. Post update

    England 20-10 Samoa

    Samoa earn good field position as they look for a foothold back in this match. But a sloppy mistake gives England head and feed in a scrum inside the English 10-metre line. That relieves the pressure as England, through Gareth Widdop's galloping run, turn that into a promising attacking move of their own.

  45. Post update

    England 20-10 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "I was impressed with the width of Matty Smith's pass. It gave Gareth Widdop time on the ball. That is a typical try Liam Farrell would score in Super League."

  46. CONVERTED TRY

    England 20-10 Samoa - Farrell try, Widdop con

    Liam Farrell

    And that's exactly what England do. There's plenty of room out of the opposite flank as England open up the Samoans and Wigan second rower Liam Farrell is on hand to power over the line. That's his first try for his country and gives them daylight.

    Widdop's right boot is more lethal than David Beckham's. Almost. Another clean strike gives England a comfortable 10-point advantage.

  47. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    England see out that spell before breaking forward on the attack. Josh Charnley can't find a way through on the right - perhaps it is time to go left?

  48. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    You can't watch rugby league these days without seeing a Burgess boy involved. Sam might have left for rugby union but his younger siblings Tom and George are in thick of the action early in the second half. George loses control when he smashes into a wall of blue Samoan shirts. That gives ball to Samoa who try to pin back England in their 20-metre line.

  49. Post update

    damian duncan: Slow start must do better few bright sparks but not enough the burgess boys are beasts #bbcrl

    Marc Bazeley: Aside from the last 10 minutes, England haven't been great. But Samoa deserve credit for stopping them from playing #bbcrl #4Nations

  50. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    England complete their first set as a huge bomb from Gareth Widdop leaves Samoa starting from in front of their own posts.

  51. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Richard Mathers

    Former England full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I think we will see a much more dominant performance from England in the second half. The first 10 minutes are crucial. They do not want to give Samoa any confidence."

  52. Kick-off

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Yep, Clark is back out there as Samoa kick off the second half

  53. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Daryl Clark

    Wonder if Daryl Clark will return? Castleford's Man of Steel looked to be in a world of trouble when he took that big hit (see 40 mins).

  54. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Jamie Peacock

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "Execution has been slightly off for England for most of the half. If James Graham and Daryl Clark can combine in the second half I think it will be interesting."

  55. Get involved

    A quick reminder that Southern Hemisphere heavyweights Australia and New Zealand go toe-to-toe later - in a rematch of last year's World Cup final. Have England shown anything yet to worry those two? And how do you see the second half panning out? Let us know using #bbcrl or text 81111.

  56. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    "The guys have gone out there but you need to get the work-rest ratio right. This is a Test match, nothing can compare to that. The players go to the bench and are wet through, that goes on to the ball and it is horrible to play in.

    "We have seen in the last five to eight minutes that the players are starting to settle into the game a bit more."

  57. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Jamie Peacock

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "Some of England's errors have been unacceptable. If you continue to give the ball to the other team, you will make them look good.

    "It is a dream debut for Daryl Clark, laying on a try in the first 30 seconds of his international career.

    "Samoa have had 20-25 play-the-balls in England's half and you can't keep doing that."

  58. Post update

    Former England international Tulsen Tollett: Daryl Clark might have more than just a knock there once he cools down. He might struggle to come back after the break...#bbcrl #4Nations

  59. Post update

    England 14-10 Samoa

    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "To go in at half-time in front is what we would have expected. England notorious slow start has happened again but the Samoans have been very good.

    "By coughing up possession, it means their energy is being sapped. England have had to make 50 more tackles than the Samoans. To only have 10 days training, it takes time to acclimatise."

  60. Post update

    Matthew Ireland: If we can keep some ball in hand we'll post some points. Never seen so many errors #4Nations #4Nengsam #bbcrl

    Abdullah Mahmood: Jeez what is up with England's carrying? Their set completion will not make for pretty reading #BBCRL

    Jemmo the.erm. ghost: How come Sean Long can't tour down under without being homesick? But when it comes to coaching against England he is fine? #BBCRL #4Nations

  61. Half-time

    England 14-10 Samoa

    And the half-time hooter is, er, hooted straight after Widdop's third goal of the match. England lead - just - and perhaps rather fortuitously. Half-time report? Could do better...

  62. PENALTY

    England 14-10 Samoa - Widdop pen

    Thankfully Daryl Clark is back to his feet rather quickly. Most men would be out for the count there. Stand-off Gareth Widdop has been impeccable with the boot and makes no mistake again from in front of the posts.

  63. Post update

    England 12-10 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "I am not sure Josh McGuire meant that, these things happen. Do England take the two or go for the four points?"

  64. PENALTY

    England 12-10 Samoa

    Daryl Clark gets tackled

    Ouch. You can wince as England loose forward Daryl Clark is mullered by two big Samoans, injuring his back in the process. England decide to go for goal from the penalty.

  65. Post update

    England 12-10 Samoa

    England are bashing on the Samoan try line now. They force Samoa into a drop-out from behind the sticks as they look to press home their advantage before the break.

  66. Post update

    England 12-10 Samoa

    England are feeling the groove now, finally showing the attacking flair we expected. Scrum-half Matty Smith puts in a neat grubber, intended for Tomkins, but Samoa full-back Tim Simona averts the bother.

  67. Post update

    England 12-10 Samoa

    Samoa offside from the kick-off. School boy - and a promising position for England.

  68. Post update

    England 12-10 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Well done England. They saw the Samoans coming and they have executed well for the finish. It is the first time they have done that. They will have chances if they get the ball at that end."

  69. CONVERTED TRY

    England 12-10 Samoa - Watkins try, Widdop con

    Kallum Watkins scores a try for England

    And England do exactly that. Matty Smith feeds his old Wigan mucker Sam Tomkins, who picks out centre Kallum Watkins for one of the simplest tries he'll score. Stand-off Gareth Widdop faces a tricky kick from the right touchline - but we didn't worry. The half-back shows superb technique to add the extras.

  70. Post update

    England 6-10 Samoa

    England earn a breather when Josh Charnley is held down by a pair of Samoans to earn a penalty. England go for a patient build-up with Chris Hill held up short. Now it's time to go for the jugular...

  71. Post update

    On Daryl Clark's start to the game

    Ali Mason: When you have the man of steel you play him-point proven, he'll have to start vs NZ & AUS if we're going to stand a chance #bbcrl #4Nations

    Martyn Levitt: That was impressive from Daryl Clark, what a way to start your international career! #bbcrl #rugbyleague

    Abdullah Mahmood: What a start to your international career! First touch and it creates a try! #BBCRL #4Nations

  72. Post update

    England 6-10 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "It gets nervous for England because of the number of balls they are coughing up. This is Daniel Vidot's home ground and the Samoans are playing safer. They have grown as a group after going 6-6.

    "Samoa are a big physical team and if England do not have a share of the ball it will erode their defence."

  73. TRY

    England 6-10 Samoa - Vidot try, Stanley misses con

    Samoa fans celebrate

    Oh dear. It's all gone wrong for England, who have looked nervous since that opening Samoan try. The Pacific Islanders evade would-be England tacklers with a trio of sharp offloads before the long ball out to the right flank is finished off by Brisbane-born winger Daniel Vidot. Cue Samoan pandemonium.

  74. Post update

    England 6-6 Samoa

    Samoa have the bit between their teeth now. England are scrambling, not for the first time, as full-back Sam Tomkins breaks the line to brilliantly fly into a tackle and stop the Samoans in their tracks.

  75. Post update

    England 6-6 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Samoa just went up the middle with the play and Isaac Liu got the ball down even with defenders in attendance. They couldn't stop him.

    "The concern for England for me is that they are making this a hard game - when they get the ball they are looking to exploit weaknesses in the Samoa team but you have to have ball to do that."

  76. CONVERTED TRY

    England 6-6 Samoa - Liu try, Stanley con

    Isaac Liu of Samoa

    And there you go. Samoan battering ram Issac Liu powers over the England line, despite a host of white shirts clinging on to his bulky frame. Kyle Stanley makes no mistake with the boot to level.

  77. Post update

    England 6-0 Samoa

    England have the armoury to pepper holes in the Samoan defence, but they're not making life easy for themselves. They concede a pair of cheap penalties as Samoa threaten.

  78. Post update

    England 6-0 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "Fabulous play from Daryl Clark. Coach Sean Long will have been talking about it all week, you knew he was going to run. His Castleford team-mate Michael Shenton was following him to go over."

  79. CONVERTED TRY

    England 6-0 Samoa - Shenton try, Widdop con

    Michael Shenton of England celebrates with Daryl Clark

    It was never in doubt, was it? Not really. The video referee checked for a potential obstruction by Michael Shenton in the build-up, but ruled there was no problem. But what an introduction from Daryl Clark. He's a special talent indeed.

    Stand-off Gareth Widdop keeps his cool to add the extras. Advantage England.

  80. TRY REVIEW

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Daryl Clark - the 2014 Super League Man of Steel - comes on from the bench and within seconds sets up Michael Shenton for the first try. Or is it? We're going to the big man upstairs...

  81. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    But again England see out the trouble - their sterling defensive effort is the big positive to take from this early storm. Then, Steve McNamara's side find a gap in the Samoan defence. Sam Tomkins sends Kallum Watkins bursting through - but Tomkins' pass is adjudged, rightly, to be forward. The full-back rather fumbled his pass, the bal slipping through his fingers like a greasy bar of soap.

  82. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    England's James Graham

    "If England can get the arm wrestle, they have a better attack and vision than the Samoans but they haven't been at the right end to score yet. Their defence has been terrific so far though."

  83. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "England have given themselves a tough start. They are giving Samoa opportunities and whoever the team is at this level, the dam will break."

  84. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Samoa quickly switch the play to the left, before Ben Roberts' wayward kick looks to end the set. But England shoot themselves in the foot, Michael Shenton's knock-on giving the Samoans another six....

  85. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Uh oh. England's centre Kallum Watkins knocks on inside the 20-metre zone, giving Samoa a golden chance to cap their bright start with the game's opening try.

  86. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Joe Westerman of England

    Another good break from England as Joe Westerman, in for injured skipper Sean O'Loughlin, finds a gap in the Samoan line. However, the Hull FC man looks for the offload instead of taking the tackle - and loses the ball. Can't do that at international level.

  87. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Richard Mathers

    Former England full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "England need to get their backs in the game - and why not when you have Josh Charnley and Ryan Hall. England need to get some momentum with their big backs."

  88. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    England set up a platform for the first time as the Samoan line looms in front of them. But stand-off Gareth Widdop tries to be too cute, dummying his way into trouble and handing back possession. Better from Steve McNamara's men.

  89. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Stand-off Ben Roberts is the man making Samoa tick and his cheeky grubber looks for winger Daniel Vidot. But England full-back Sam Tomkins races across to bravely scoop up the ball and snuff out the danger.

  90. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Tim Simona of Samoa is tackled by Matty Smith of England

    Ali Mason: Huge call to not start the MoS, expect him to come on early & play a big role. Puts big pressure on matty smith to organise the team #bbcrl

    Beth Young: Up bright and early for the rugby, had my weetabix and all ready for kick off

  91. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    "Two contrasting styles already from the teams. England are trying to move to the edges, while Samoa have a more direct approach."

  92. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    There was plenty of pre-match chat about England's sluggish starts in tournaments - and they're still snoozing in the opening stages. England finally manage to complete a couple of sets, before debutant Joe Westerman concedes another penalty to cheaply hand the ball back to the Samoans.

  93. Post update

    Sam Burgess

    Former England forward Sam Burgess on Twitter: Up at Suncorp watching the England boys with these two maniacs @itsmejuliebe and @helenmsaunders .... They're screaming the house down #shhhh

  94. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Huge sigh of relief for England! It takes a huge defensive effort to keep out Samoa stand-off Ben Roberts on the line. Big let off.

  95. Post update

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Early test for England as Matty Smith's knock-on gives Samoa the ball in hand. The Pacific Islanders earn another penalty as half-back Kyle Stanley tries to duck and dive under a wall of white.

  96. Post update

    Adrian Stuart: Early morning Rugby League!! Great to have the internationals on BBC. #bbcrl #FourNations

  97. Post update

    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "This is going to be some game of 'chicken'. You have to lay down the dominance and both teams will be looking to get on top. Don't give Samoa a leg-up or any field position.

  98. Kick-off

    England 0-0 Samoa

    Only the 10 minutes late. Game on!

  99. Post update

    England v Samoa (07:00 BST)

    Ex-Huddersfield prop David Fa'alogo leads the Samoan warcry as they lay down the gauntlet to their English opponents. The wild-eyed stares of the wailing, shrieking Samoans are met by icy glares from the England players. I'd be fearing for my life if I was watching that...

  100. Post update

    England v Samoa (07:00 BST)

    Richard Mathers

    Former England full-back on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "I'm expecting some big hits, collisions and line speed during these opening exchanges. The Samoans are big boys."

  101. Post update

    England v Samoa (07:00 BST)

    Rousing rendition of the Samoan anthem, before some character sporting Victorian-style facial hair blasts out 'God Save The Queen'. Loads of England shirts in the stands too.

    Now, here's one of THE greatest spectacles in the sporting world. The Samoan Haka....

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    Plenty of Samoan supporters waving their national flags in the stands as their heroes trudge out. England follow shortly after, led by James Graham, looking very relaxed as the players high five the supporters hanging their hands over the tunnel wall.

    Clear those vocal chords - it is national anthem time.

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    These rugby league boys aren't going to win any prizes for punctuality. The teams are only just sauntering out of the Suncorp Stadium tunnel.

  104. Samoan surprise?

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    Sean Long

    France. Papua New Guinea. Wales. These three have all tried mixing it up with the big boys in previous Four Nations - now it is the turn of Samoa.

    While England, Australia and New Zealand's participation was guaranteed, the Samoans had to qualify by beating fellow Pacific Islanders Fiji in May.

    The Samoa team includes Castleford-bound stand-off Ben Roberts, while St Helens prop Mose Masoe and Wakefield hooker or half-back Pita Godinet are on the bench.

    And there's also a familiar face on the touchline. Former St Helens hero Sean Long is the Samoans' assistant coach.

  105. Get involved

    Marc Bazeley: A lot of beards in the England team these days.

    MARK MITCHELL: Great to be up early for #bbcrl. Cup of tea and four or five hours of rugby league to look forward to.

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    England's injured skipper Sean O'Loughlin: "I'm really frustrated not to be playing today. The boys are ready to go though.

    "We have been training around kick-off time to get used to the heat and a lot of the match should be in the shade. We have done well in the humidity and conditions.

    "Samoa have a lot of NRL players and couple of Super League ones and they will be tough but we are confident of winning."

  107. Get involved

    Right here's your five-minute warning. Grab yourself another cup of tea, a bacon buttie perhaps, and settle down ahead of kick-off.

    And while you're doing that, don't be afraid to get in touch. Can England win this tournament? Tweet #bbcrl or text 81111. The floor is yours.

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    Shaun Johnson

    England fans won't want to rewind almost 12 months - but we have to I'm afraid. This is the team's first outing since that painful World Cup semi-final exit against New Zealand.

    Steve McNamara's men had high hopes of ending 38 years of southern hemisphere dominance by Australia and New Zealand in the tournament on home soil.

    But they were denied a place in the final in the cruellest fashion. Kiwi star Shaun Johnson's last-minute try clinched a thrilling 20-18 win for the Kiwis. Time for redemption?

  109. Get involved #bbcrl

    Nick Frost: Backs are what I'd have gone for. Forwards though, Joel Tomkins shouldn't be in the squad, never mind the team. Should defo be Elliot Whitehead!

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    Jamie Peacock

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "Sam Burgess is an incredible player. Off the back of the semi-final which was the best England performance in the last 20 years, he became dedicated and all his life was about was playing for the Rabbitohs. England will miss that today."

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    Former England international Sam Burgess, who is heading to Bath rugby union, on BBC Two: "Come kick-off time I'll be jumping out of my seat, sat with my mum. I've been around the team during the week and I have certainly got itchy feet.

    "Handing out the team shirts to the England players was a great moment for me, I really enjoyed it. I fly back to England in a few days, down south in Bath, but for now I will enjoy the weekend off and might sneak in a few beers."

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    Samoa fans

    Rugby League Samoa: The crowd is building at Suncorp #ToaSamoa #4Nations

  113. What is the Four Nations?

    Jamie Peacock

    Clearly the Four Nations is exactly what it says on the tin - like a well-marketed brand of paint. Four teams slugging it out to win one of the most prestigious prizes in international rugby league.

    The 2014 tournament is the fourth edition of the tournament and sees Australia, New Zealand, England and Samoa involved.

    The teams play each other once in the pool stage with the top two nations going through to the final on 15 November.

    Australia beat England in the 2009 and 2011 finals, but lost to New Zealand in the 2010 showpiece. Can England finally end the Southern Hemisphere stranglehold?

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    Jamie Peacock

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "James Graham is a wonderful player and took Canterbury to the NRL Grand Final. He has developed as a leader down under. He picks out the small man when running and I expect to see a lot of that today.

    "Sam Tomkins should be on his inside when he sets the play up. Samoa will need to stop that. Teams have tried and have been unable to do that. He has exceptional vision and the skill to hit the right play at the right time."

  115. Golden Graham

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    James Graham
  116. Almost show-time...

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    England player

    NRL: The England RL team warming up before the #4Nations opener!

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    Brian Noble

    Former Great Britain coach on BBC Two

    "I think England will be fluent. Traditionally they struggled early on in tournament but the stakes are really high. The way this tournament is being managed, with travel over coming weeks, I think a win is vital. It will certainly be no gimmee though."

  118. Team news

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    Sean O'Loughlin

    Prop James Graham will lead out England after injury ruled out Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin (pictured above).

    O'Loughlin succeeded Kevin Sinfield as skipper but has failed to recover from a quad muscle injury suffered in his team's Super League Grand Final defeat.

    Samoa are missing three players who were not considered for selection following a nightclub incident in Brisbane at the weekend.

    Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue were omitted by coach Matt Parish - who you may remember had a brief spell as Salford coach a few years ago - and are the subject of an NRL integrity unit review.

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    Ian Millward

    Former Super League and Australian NRL coach on BBC Two

    Four Nations
    Image caption: The Suncorp Stadium basking in the, er, sun earlier today.

    "People are pouring through the gates. On the back of Sam Burgess and James Graham everyone here appreciates the English forwards and I think they have it right in the halves now with organiser Matty Smith alongside Gareth Widdop. I expect England to win today and do it well."

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    Robbie Hunter-Paul

    Former New Zealand international on BBC Two

    If you look at successful Super League teams, it is about bringing though the next generation of leaders, as well as having those who can teach them. Liam Farrell has been around the international set-up for the last couple of years and Brett Ferres will need to step up to the leadership stage.

  121. Line-ups

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    England: S Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors); J Charnley (Wigan), K Watkins (Leeds), M Shenton (Castleford), R Hall (Leeds); G Widdop (St George Illawarra), M Smith (Wigan); G Burgess (South Sydney), J Hodgson (Hull KR), J Graham (Canterbury Bulldogs, capt), L Farrell (Wigan), J Tomkins (Wigan), J Westerman (Hull).

    Replacements: D Clark (Castleford), B Ferres (Huddersfield), T Burgess (South Sydney), C Hill (Warrington).

    Samoa: T Simona (Wests Tigers); A Winterstein (North Queensland), R Leutele (Cronulla), J Leilua (Newcastle), D Vidot (Brisbane); B Roberts (Melbourne), K Stanley (St George Illawarra); S Tagaetese Cronulla), M Sio (New Zealand Warriors), D Fa'alogo (Newcastle), F Pritchard (Canterbury Bulldogs), L Ah Mau (St George Illawarra), J McGuire (Brisbane).

    Replacements: P Godinet (Wakefield), J Sene-Lefao (Manly), I Liu (Sydney Roosters), M Masoe (St Helens).

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    Jamie Peacock

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "The England team is an exciting one. There may be lacking in leadership though. That is probably the reason why someone like Joel Tomkins has made his way into the side.

    "I want to see England play well and build a platform to the Australia and New Zealand games."

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    Kevin Sinfield

    Former England captain on BBC Two

    "The big test has always been the first game for us. I expect it to go well. if you look at our pack, there has been a bit of an evolution. That is where we will get tested today."

  124. BBC coverage

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    Yep, not only can you read all the latest from Brisbane here - you can also watch and listen to the action without going anywhere.

    Ex-Great Britain coach Brian Noble will be commentating on the game, alongside the words of wisdom from BBC Sport's Dave Woods. And the men suited and booted in the studio are Leeds Rhinos veterans - and former England captains no less - Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield, along with ex-New Zealand hero Robbie Hunter-Paul.

    And if you're not spoilt for choice already, George Riley and London Broncos full-back Richard Mathers are watching the game for BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Take your pick.

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    G'day mates! And welcome to BBC Sport's all-compassing coverage of England v Samoa.

    You want (witty) description of all the action? You got it. You want to watch and listen to the game at the same time? You got it.

    You want to know the thoughts of ex-England captains Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield during the match? You got it. You want to see your insightful opinions published on the BBC? Ching, ching....you've got the full house!

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    What business? Rugby League business of course. Those 24 men, along with coach Steve McNamara and his staff, make up the England squad which has travelled Down Under in their bid for Four Nations glory.

    Those pesky Australians and New Zealanders await further down the line, but their focus this morning* is fixed on beating opening opponents Samoa.

    * Presuming you're not lucky enough to be Down Under.

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    England

    Golden sands. Bright blue skies. Blazing sunshine. It is easy to see why thousands of Britons have emigrated to Brisbane over the years.

    Now 24 more men have recently landed in Queensland from these shores. But they're not swanning around Australia's third most-populated city soaking up the rays and taking in the sights.

    Nope. These 24 men are here on business. And it is thirsty work.