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Kangaroos' Tate ready for best ever RLWC

Australian centre Brent Tate believes the Rugby League World Cup starting this month will be the toughest in the competition's history.
Kangaroos' Tate ready for best ever RLWC
by AAP

By Ian McCullough

SYDNEY, Oct 11 AAP - Australian centre Brent Tate believes the Rugby League World Cup starting this month will be the toughest in the competition's history.

More than 120 top-line NRL players will be in action in the 14-team tournament that kicks-off on October 26 when the Kangaroos take on England at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.

And North Queensland star Tate said Sonny Bill Williams' u-turn decision to play for defending champions New Zealand only added to the tournament's lustre although it could spell trouble for Australia's bid to reclaim the trophy they once dominated.

"As a fan it's great that he's playing, but not as a player. But it shows how seriously everyone is taking this World Cup," Tate told AAP.

"It's a big challenge for us. It's over there in England in their conditions and their team now has plenty of NRL experience and Sonny going to the Kiwis is going to lift them immensely.

"You be foolish to think you can just turn up and win.

"I think it's going to the best World Cup rugby league has seen."

Tim Sheens' side will face an England side containing three of South Sydney's Burgess brothers, Canterbury's player of the year James Graham in addition to Sam Tomkins and Lee Mossop, who are joining the Warriors and Parramatta respectively next year.

But Tate warned attention must be paid to Tonga and Samoa who have a host of quality NRL players in their line ups.

Tonga will have Manly's Jorge Taufua and Brent Kite in their side in addition to Sydney Roosters grand final hero Daniel Tupou with Samoa likely to field South Sydney prop Roy Asotasi and Canberra excitement machine Anthony Milford.

"When you look at all the developing nations like Tonga and Samoa they have some real good players.

"Then you have England with the Burgess brothers and New Zealand with all their players it is going to be a real challenge for us."

Tate, who was part of the squad that lost to the Kiwis in the 2008 final in Brisbane, admits he never thought he'd get the chance to pull on the green and gold jersey again after undergoing a third knee reconstruction in 2010.

The Queensland centre tore his anterior cruciate ligaments in the Four Nations final defeat to New Zealand but has recovered well to reclaim his spot in the international side.

"Thinking back to 2008 I didn't even think I'd be playing rugby league in 2013," he said.

"I missed the last final through injury but I remember the feeling I had for a couple of months after, it was pretty bad.

"I must admit after that injury I didn't know the future held for me.

"But now I am back and I am desperate to be part of a team that brings the World Cup back to Australia."


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