England fringe shines against France to set up Papua New Guinea quarter-final

• England 36-6 France

If this was an open audition for some of England’s fringe players to make an impression on Wayne Bennett before next week’s World Cup quarter-final with Papua New Guinea, then the England coach has certainly been given some food for thought as his side beat France 36-6.

It is clear there is some way to go until England produce the complete 80-minute performance Bennett yearns for - though the number of changes he made in the second half here, with victory already assured, will have surely played a part in the drop-off in performance.

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