The more England beat New Zealand, the less they fear NRL players

England have overcome their inferiority complex about the NRL. Their next task is to demolish Australia’s unbeatable aura

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required

Having won their last two games against New Zealand, England should have no inferiority complex before their meeting an Anfield on Sunday. But they still go into the Test wary of the Kiwis. Shaun Johnson, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Jordan Rapana, Jesse Bromwich and Kevin Proctor all have big reputations, and English fans might assume their boys from Dewsbury and Bradford, Wigan and Widnes will not be able to match these NRL superstars.

That is nonsense according to England and Canberra Raiders second-rower Elliott Whitehead. Having been voted man of the match in England’s 18-16 victory over New Zealand at Hull on Saturday, Whitehead insisted his teammates from the Super League have nothing to fear.

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