Super coach Wayne Bennett back Kiwis to rebound from disastrous World Cup

Sio Siua Taukeiaho of Tonga takes on a Samoan defender in Hamilton

Sio Siua Taukeiaho of Tonga takes on a Samoan defender in Hamilton

Despite Tonga's burly forwards, England's big-game experience - including Four Nations tilts and three successive Cup semi-finals - should give them an edge.

The veteran Brisbane Broncos boss, a former Kangaroos head coach, has fond memories of his time as right-hand to Stephen Kearney at the 2008 World Cup, where he played a key role in the Kiwis' shock triumph over Australia.

But England coach Wayne Bennett said the stand off is expected to be fit to face Tonga in Saturday's World Cup semi-final.

"On and off the field, everyone is working hard for one another to get the little things right so we can take it into the game".

"It's fine with us as a team, we're kind of just here to do our job, get on with the job without fuss - we're obviously a very competent team, we know what we're capable of and we've proven that so far", Roby said.

"What we say at those times is maybe not what we really feel".

Yes we're going down that route of Wayne Bennett picking players who have proved in domestic competition, that they can do something that nobody else can, and that other worldwide teams, Australia included, don't have the ammunition to counteract. "It's terribly unfair the amount of pressure they have to come under so quickly".

"Of course they can", he said.

"It'll probably remind a lot of the lads of being at home, playing in England".

Forward Sam Burgess also missed training, instead going through a series of exercises with a physio.

Second rower Burgess turned an ankle in last Sunday's 36-6 quarter-final win over Papua New Guinea while stand-off Brown suffered mild concussion in that game and was withdrawn at half-time.

He said: "He's got to do a series of tests, he's not allowed to train with the team in the early part of the week".

Bennett went onto say "people don't know what they are talking about" if they believe Blair didn't care about the result.

"If he's going to be declared to play, he'll be able to train fully on Friday. They'll all train Friday". I'm extremely confident. We'll bring another player in if we have to but I'm not planning on that.

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