27 Oct 2022
What are the teams for England v Greece men at the Rugby League World Cup?
The hosts have already made the quarter-finals but will look to finish with a flourish in Group A
By Paul Eddison
George Williams will step into the breach for England and captain them against Greece as they look to complete a perfect group stage.
In the first-ever rugby league international at Bramall Lane, Shaun Wane has taken the opportunity to rest a few players, including Sam Tomkins, following the big wins over Samoa and France.
Joe Batchelor and Kai Pearce-Paul are the only players yet to feature for England, but both make the 19 for this encounter.
Greece, meanwhile, welcome back Jordan Meads after he missed the clash with Samoa, while Mitchell Zampetides is also back for the Titans.
England: 7 George Williams (captain), 2 Tommy Makinson, 5 Ryan Hall, 6 Jack Welsby, 8 Tom Burgess, 10 Luke Thompson, 12 John Bateman, 13 Victor Radley, 14 Dom Young, 15 Morgan Knowles, 16 Matty Lees, 17 Mike Cooper, 18 Chris Hill, 19 Andy Ackers, 20 Mike McMeeken, 21 Marc Sneyd, 22 Joe Batchelor, 23 Mikolaj Oledzki, 24 Kai Pearce-Paul
Greece: 10 Stefanos Bastas, 3 Terry Constantinou, 12 Nick Flocas, 6 Lachlan Ilias, 14 Jake Kambos, 21 Konstantinos Katsidonis, 9 Peter Mamouzelos, 7 Jordan Meads (captain), 5 Johnny Mitsias, 4 Nick Mougios, 20 Ioannis Nake, 17 Theodoros Niniakas, 22 Ioannis Rousoglou, 16 Sebastian Sell, 19 Liam Sue-Tin, 2 Siteni Taukamo, 8 Robert Tuliatu, 25 Adam Vrahnos, 11 Mitchell Zampetides
This will be the very first meeting between the sides as England aim to go unbeaten in the group stage for the first time since 1995, with Greece still searching for a maiden win in this, their debut tournament.
While they are yet to win a game at this World Cup, Greece have the best set completion rate (88%) in the entire tournament, some five percentage points clear of England.
With two convincing wins from two, England are flying high and know that a win will clinch top spot in Group A and a potential quarter-final against Papua New Guinea.
In their first-ever World Cup, Greece have lost to both France and Samoa, but enjoyed some good moments along the way in both matches. They have never lost three successive internationals, but would require an almighty upset to keep that record alive.
Players to watch
- Ryan Hall (England) has scored 12 tries in 11 appearances at the Rugby League World Cup, sitting four behind Billy Slater’s all-time record in the men’s edition of the tournament. With his appetite for tries, he will have Slater’s record on his mind going into this one.
- Lachlan Ilias (Greece) has kicked the most metres of any player in the tournament with 845, while he also scored the Titans’ only try in the 72-4 loss to Samoa.
The Rugby League World Cup promises to be the biggest, best and most inclusive event in the sport’s 127-year history with men’s, women’s and wheelchair teams competing in 61 games across 21 venues throughout England. Tickets are available via rlwc2021.com/tickets