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The Australian Kangaroos and the England teams have held their final training sessions at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, before opening the World Cup tonight.

England coach Steve McNamara says after a surprise loss to Italy in a warm-up game last week, the side has put in extra effort to hope for the win.

"I was concerned about our performance against Italy last week, but we're rectifying that this week against the Kangaroos," he said.

While Kangaroos head coach Tim Sheens says England's disrupted preparation could make them more eager to win.

"An embarrassed side is a dangerous side, I mad that comment earlier in the week.

Whoever has been involved in sport understands that when things go wrong, it can have the exact reverse effect [on a team]."

Kangaroos centre Greg Inglis says he's looking forward to playing against his teammates at South Sydney, Sam, Tom and George Burgess.

"All three are playing and the fourth [Burgess] brother is sitting at home cheering them on!" he laughed.

"I'll be wearing my jersey with pride and I know they do too - and I know I'm playing against Sam for the first time with his two brothers, they'll be hard to stop."

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