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England winger Ryan Hall is hoping his side can spring an upset on Rugby League World Cup favourites Australia in the opening game of the highly-anticipated tournament on Saturday.
The hosts go into the game on the back of a shock defeat at the hands of Italy in the warm-up game in Salford last weekend and will be desperate to put things right against the Kangaroos.
Hall has a decent record against Australia and is well known for a superbly-taken brace against them at Wembley back in 2011.
Regarded as one of the best wingers in the game, Hall has had – by his standards – a below-par season with the Leeds Rhinos this year but the 25-year-old is hoping to reproduce his performance against the Aussies from two years ago when they meet again this weekend.
He said: “A lot of people have mentioned the tries I scored in 2011 at Wembley.
“Obviously that was a great stepping stone in my life. It kind of set the ball rolling for a lot of things happened quickly after that with my profile being lifted.
“So obviously there are fond memories from a personal aspect but the objective was to win the game and obviously we didn’t do that. Hopefully there is no better stage to put that right this year.”
Hall has an impressive try-scoring record at international level with 13 in 15 appearances for England ahead of their crucial opener against the Kangaroos at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.