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McNamara takes swipe at RLWC rivals

England coach Steve McNamara has taken a subtle swipe at his World Cup rivals, suggesting other nations lack the disciplinary standards of his side.
McNamara takes swipe at RLWC rivals
by AAP

By Liam FitzGibbon

LONDON, Nov 22 AAP - England coach Steve McNamara has taken a subtle swipe at his World Cup rivals, suggesting other nations lack the disciplinary standards of his side.

England head into Saturday's semi-final against New Zealand on the back of an eventful campaign featuring the sackings of players Gareth Hock and Zac Hardaker over disciplinary issues.

Prop James Graham was also stood down for one match over reported alcohol-related issues while the latest controversy came this week as playmaker Rangi Chase left the team camp after missing selection for the semi-final.

McNamara, though, bristles at suggestions it's been a rocky campaign for England, claiming they've dealt with their issues while others haven't.

"I think sometimes you might think there's some issues because we decide to deal with issues," McNamara said.

"Some people might not decide to deal with issues in their camps and might not think there's issues.

"We do. We have standards. We set standards."

It's not clear whether McNamara's comments were directed at the Kangaroos, who did not take action after Billy Slater was involved in a nightclub fight leading into the quarter-finals.

McNamara admits his side's on-field performances could have been better but he's confident of giving the reigning-champion Kiwis a run for their money at Wembley.

"We're ready for it," McNamara said.

"We're really focused and I've never seen the team as composed as it is right now. We're ready to play."




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