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Chris Hill makes World Cup promise to England fans
WOLVES prop Chris Hill has made a promise to England supporters.
It follows fans becoming disheartened before the World Cup has even started on the back of a woeful display and shock 15-14 loss to Italy in Saturday’s warm-up game at Salford.
Steve McNamara’s men have a week to put things right before facing tournament favourites Australia in the opening game at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this weekend.
“It won’t be what we served up against Italy that you’ll be seeing on Saturday, trust me,” he said.
“Hopefully supporters will still come out in numbers to support us and we’ll definitely put on a better performance than that.
“It can be turned round in a week because there’s spirit and belief in the lads.
“Without a doubt we’ve had to dust ourselves down and take the stick, but now we move on.”
Italy’s side was packed with Australian NRL players, including Sydney Roosters Grand Final winners Anthony Minichiello and Aidan Guerra, but nevertheless their squad only came together three days before their historic win, which was sealed with a drop goal from Newcastle Knights winger Josh Mantellato two minutes from the final hooter.
Hill said it was a ‘massive wake-up call’.
“With the way we’d prepared on camp in South Africa I think it’s very disappointing.
“I don’t know whether we just thought we’d turn up and roll Italy over but they’ve come with a strong squad and we just weren’t at the races.”
The 25-year-old hopes for the chance of redemption, completing his two-year leap from a Championship star with Leigh Centurions to a World Cup debutant playing against arguably the best team in the world.
“There is no bigger stage than a World Cup opener against the Aussies but after the weekend’s performance there will be a lot of people hoping for their place in the side,” he said.
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