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  1. FT: Papua New Guinea 50-6 Wales
  2. Ireland are the other team in Group C
  3. Group winner will qualify for quarter-finals

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  1. Squads

    Papua New Guinea v Wales (06:00 BST)

    Papua New Guinea: Mead (capt); Olam, Ottio, Macdonald, Lo, A. Boas, W. Boas, Albert, Puara, Page, Martin, Griffin, Aiton.

    Replacements: Baptiste, Minoga, Segeyaro, Maki.

    Wales: Kear, Williams, Channing, Gay, Grace, Davies, Seamark, Kopczak (capt), Parry, Joseph, Lloyd, Butler, Knowles.

    Replacements: Fozard, Hopkins, Evans, Morris.

    Referee: Ben Cummins (Aus)

  2. Australia beat England in World Cup opener

    Australia 18-4 England

    England suffered their 12th consecutive defeat against defending champions Australia in the opening game of the World Cup in Melbourne yesterday.

    Winger Jermaine McGillvary had given England the perfect start touching down in the corner after four minutes, but Wayne Bennett's side succumbed to Australian pressure, forward Matt Gillett's scored with a powerful run and finish before full-back Billy Slater barged over.

    Cameron Smith pushed the Kangaroos further ahead adding a penalty on 75 minutes and Josh Dugan scored an 80-metre interception try a minute from the end to crown an Australian victory.

    England prop Sam Burgess limped off in the first half clutching his right knee and assistant coach Denis Betts said the South Sydney Rabbitoh player will be unavailable until the semi-finals.

    Read a report of the game here and watch highlights below of the pulsating opening game of the Rugby League World Cup.

  3. How does it work?

    Rugby League World Cup 2017
    Image caption: 16 nations will battle to win the Rugby League World Cup 2017

    The Rugby League World Cup takes place over 36 days, with 28 matches being played across 12 venues in three different countries.

    Groups A and B have four teams, from which the top three progress to the quarter-finals, while groups C and D have three teams, with only the winners going into the last eight.

    England are in group A alongside reigning champions Australia. Wayne Bennett's side will be looking to surpass their efforts at the last World Cup in 2013, where they bowed out at the semi-final stage in dramatic fashion.

    Scotland are in group B which also includes 2013 finalists New Zealand, while Wales will battle it out with Ireland and Papua New Guinea for the one qualifying spot available in group C.

    If you want more information you can visit our full guide to the Rugby World Cup here.

  4. This weekend's BBC coverage

    Times are BST unless stated otherwise and subject to late changes.

    Saturday, 28 October

    Papua New Guinea v Wales

    06:00-08:05, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    14:30-16:15, BBC One

    Sunday, 29 October (times GMT)


    17:00-18:00, BBC Two (23:15-00:15 in Northern Ireland and 01:30-02:30 in Scotland)

    Full tournament coverage details available here

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  6. Rugby League World Cup: 5 reasons to get excited

    BBC Sport explores five reasons why you should get excited about the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

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    Video caption: 5 Reasons to get excited about the 2017 Rugby League World Cup
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