Rugby League World Cup 2013: Ben Westwood doubt for England

Rugby League World Cup

  • Dates: 26 October to 30 November

Coverage: Live BBC TV, radio and online coverage of all England's group matches and Wales v Italy, plus one quarter-final, one semi-final and the final

Warrington forward Ben Westwood could miss England's opening World Cup game against Australia after being charged by the RFL with a punching offence.

Westwood appeared to catch Wigan's Blake Green in the Super League Grand Final but it was missed by the referee.

The Grade B charge could result in a two-game ban, meaning he would miss the Italy friendly on 19 October and the opener against Australia on 26 October.

The 32-year-old will have his hearing on 8 October.