Four Nations: Experience in Australia key - James Graham

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England ready for 'wounded' Australia
Four Nations: Australia v England
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne; Date: Sunday, 2 November; Kick-off: 05:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Two at 04:30 GMT and Radio 5 live sports extra from 04:55 GMT; live text coverage on the BBC website; highlights on BBC Two at 17:00 GMT

Forward James Graham says experience of playing in Australia can be key for England in Sunday's Four Nations match.

Graham, coach Steve McNamara, George and Tom Burgess, Sam Tomkins and Gareth Widdop are all involved in NRL.

"That definitely helps when it comes to the preparation side of things," Graham said. "We can pass that experience on."

New Zealand's 14-12 win against Samoa on Saturday means the Australians will be unable to qualify for the final on 15 November if they lose to England.

Rorke's Drift Test anniversary
Sunday's match marks the 100th anniversary of the Rorke's Drift Test when a British Lions team reduced to 10 men won the deciding Test 14-6. It was given the name after the Battle of Rorke's Drift 35 years earlier, when 150 British Army men fought off more than 3,000 Zulu warriors. The present day teams will wear jerseys similar to the ones worn 100 years ago, and the England red and white hooped jersey will feature the names of the triumphant 1914 side.

The England team's knowledge of Australian rugby league comes from McNamara himself, courtesy of his role as assistant coach at Sydney Roosters,

George and Tom Burgess are still with South Sydney, Tomkins is a year into his contract with New Zealand Warriors, Widdop is with St George Illawarra and Graham was recently on the losing side for Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final.

McNamara's England won their opening match against Samoa 32-26 and the coach has named an unchanged team to face the Australians.

England can ensure a place in the final with victory in Melbourne, which would be their first against Australia for 19 years.

Australia lost 30-12 to New Zealand in their first fixture and they include 18-year-old Sione Mata'utia, who will become their youngest Test debutant.

Analysing the home team, Graham added: "They are great players, don't get me wrong, but they are human after all and they do make mistakes."

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