Changes will bring impetus - McNamara

Steve McNamara says the selection of forward James Graham and winger Tom Briscoe will bring "freshness" and "impetus" to his side.

The England coach says his decisions were like splitting "fine hairs" after making three changes to his squad for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup match against Ireland in Huddersfield.

England were beaten 28-20 by Australia in their opening game, while Ireland lost 32-20 to Fiji in their first match of the tournament in Rochdale on Monday.

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