Smith: England are ready to bring the World Cup home

England coach Tony Smith insisted his side were ready to 'do the business' as they flew out to Australia for the World Cup last night.

Smith's 24-man squad are heading to a training camp on the Gold Coast before
moving to Townsville for their tournament opener against Papua New Guinea on
October 25.

The coach has been meticulous in his preparations, flying out on a fact-finding
mission in January and running training sessions in climate-controlled chambers
to try to replicate tropical Queensland conditions.


Men with a mission: England coach Tony Smith (left) and skipper Jamie Peacock

Smith, a former Leeds coach, said: 'We feel that we have addressed as many things as we could.

'We will have a few obstacles in our way but I have got a group of players who are ready to jump those obstacles.

'There is a good feel among them, a great team spirit and we are really looking forward to the challenge.

'We are going over there to do the business and the players know that. I am pretty confident whichever of the 24 I put on the pitch they will do a fine job.'

England also face Australia and New Zealand in Pool One with the top three sides from the group going through to the semi-finals.

Smith insists the players are fully focused and believes they will remain professional in their approach throughout the whole tour.

He added: 'Definitely no drinking on the way over and most of these players won't even drink at all when they are away.

'Their mindset is just to get ready for these games and they want to do well. So there is a lot of dedication, commitment and sacrifices that will go into being successful.'

Forward Jamie Langley is one of the players looking forward to the challenge.

The Bradford second row featured in the England side that warmed up for the trip with a crushing 74-0 victory over Wales in Doncaster on Friday.

Langley said: 'I think Papua New Guinea is going to be a big step up but we are going to be ready for it.

'We have got 10 days' preparation and we are aware of the task ahead. We will just concentrate on that first game and we are under no illusions as to how tough it is going to be.

'We have done everything in our power to get the edge in these World Cup games.'