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The Holden Kangaroos have assembled in Sydney for their official team photo before flying out to England ahead of kicking off their World Cup campaign on October 26.


Parramatta Eels co-captain Jarryd Hayne is among the 24-man squad flying over to the UK for the month-long competition, which begins with the Kangaroos/England clash next Friday night.


Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens says in an ideal world the preparation would be longer, but he's working with the cards he's been dealt.


"Everyone's in the same boat, the [British] Super League and our [competition] finishes late, so you get a week or so to get ready, but that's why we're going a couple of weeks early, to adjust to the conditions," he said.


"The conditions here in Australia are so hot, so we need to adapt to the cold, settle them down and get over the travel. We're doing everything we can to prepare well, and I think we will be prepared well."


Sheens and his selectors are yet to name the team that will play in their opening clash, but he says it's not far off.


"We have a 90/95 percent of our first team against England picked, but we have a few minor issues and minor injuries and a couple of the guys are underdone, so that may affect the first game," he said.


Click here to see our hub with information about all our players heading over to compete in the World Cup!
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