England rugby league side prepare to face Australia at the London Stadium

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 October 2016

England's Kallum Watkins (Pic: PA)

England's Kallum Watkins (Pic: PA)

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The greatest names in world rugby league will return to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park next month when England host Australia.

England's Kallum Watkins faced New Zealand at the London Stadium last year (Pic: PA)England's Kallum Watkins faced New Zealand at the London Stadium last year (Pic: PA)

The old enemies will face each other at the London Stadium in the penultimate game of the Four Nations competition on Sunday, November 13.

Leeds Rhinos centre Kallum Watkins was part of the England side that narrowly lost to New Zealand at the same ground last year and insists the whole squad are looking forward to returning.

“Last year was fantastic,” the 25-year-old said. “It’s a great stadium, the atmosphere was brilliant – it’s going to be really good to be going back there, especially against Australia.

“It’s going to be a really special day. Playing against one of the best sides in the world at a stadium like that is the reason you play the game.

Sam Burgess is back in the side having represented his country in tugby union last year (Pic: PA)Sam Burgess is back in the side having represented his country in tugby union last year (Pic: PA)

“It’s going to be a really exciting game and hopefully we can get a decent crowd.

“People from all over the country will be coming down to see the best players in the world.

“There will be some real superstars lining up that will want perform as best they can.”

Also featuring Scotland and New Zealand, the tournament will be the first for newly-appointed captain Sam Burgess on his return to international rugby league.

The 27-year-old was part of Stuart Lancaster’s union side 12 months ago, a year after making the switch to the 15-man code.

And Watkins admits it’s a real boost to have the South Sydney Rabbitohs star back in the side.

“It’s massive,” he added. “He’s a fantastic player and a good lad as well.

“It’s great to see him back in rugby league and back in the England side.

“He’s been absolutely killing it in [Australia’s top flight] the NRL and he’s definitely one of the best players.

“We’re really lucky to have someone like Sam in our side,

but we’re not just a one-man team – we’ve got a lot of quality players from the Super League and

NRL now.”

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