Australia captain Cameron Smith says the Kangaroos will not underestimate the threat of England at Rugby League World Cup 2013.
Smith was a part of the team defeated by New Zealand in the 2008 Final, and many believe that revenge will be a motivator as the Green and Gold seeks to reclaim the trophy.
But Smith is fully aware of the threat posed by England, having been a part of the side defeated by Great Britain in Sydney seven years ago.
“I’m not sure Great Britain took us by surprise, they played really well that night,” he said.
“I don’t know whether the defeat was down to our team having a wrong attitude, or just Great Britain playing really well.
“We may have underestimated their side a little bit, but I guess not seeing those guys too often might have been a little bit of it.
“We only get to see one match a week in Australia, and they caught us off-guard a little, but I know that since then every time we’ve played England or Great Britain, there is no going easy or complacency.
“We know that England are a great side and if we don’t turn up with the right attitude then we’ll be beaten like we were in that match.”
Australia face England at the Millennium Stadium on October 26. They face Fiji at Langtree Park on November 2 and Ireland at Thomond Park, Limerick, on November 9.
“It’s a pretty competitive group. We played against Fiji at the last World Cup and they’re a side that won’t leave any questions unanswered on the field.
“We ended up winning quite comfortably but they really tested us early in the game and made us play some really good football to score points. They’re a very proud nation and they’re a very skilful bunch of guys.
“Ireland are a little bit of an unknown quantity,” Smith continued, “but they pose a genuine threat, as they’ll field players from within the Super League and the NRL.
“They’re a lucky bunch too, so you just don’t know what’s going to happen.
“From our perspective, it’s just about going out there and making sure that you’re doing your job the best you can, and regardless of who you play against you treat your opponents as the best nation in the world.”
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