Saints’ world cup round-up

England's James Graham (centre) with Liam Farrell (left) and James Roby during the Captain's Run at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield.
England's James Graham (centre) with Liam Farrell (left) and James Roby during the Captain's Run at the John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield.
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A host of Saints aces are currently involved in the rugby league World Cup. John Yates runs the rule over how our local stars are faring in the competition.

Anthony Walker suffered both delight and despair as Wales bowed out of the competition on Sunday, suffering a shock 24-16 defeat against the USA at Wrexham.

Saints’ Welsh international claimed a 78th minute try, taking a pass from Workington Town’s Peter Lupton to cross the whitewash, but it came too late to alter the course of the Group D encounter.

Willie Manu scored a 65th minute try but it failed to prevent Tonga going down 26-24 in a Group C midweek match against Scotland at Derwent Park, Workington.

The Saints’ utility forward cashed-in on a pass from winger Daniel Tupou after the ball had bounced of a Scottish player.

Sia Soliola and Mose Masoe were celebrating on Monday night after Samoa moved a step closer to qualifying for the knockout stage of the World Cup following a 38-4 win over Papua New Guinea in a Group B match at Craven Park, Hull.

Neither Soliola or his international team mate, who will be joining him at Langtree Park next season, were on the scoresheet but contributed fully to a well-earned victory.

Leeds full back Zak Hardaker has withrawn from the England squad for personal reasons. Both England and Leeds refused to comment on speculation Hardaker was one of the six players who breached an alcohol ban after England’s friendly defeat against Italy in the build up to the competition.