Jake Connor appreciated a birthday to remember as England opened their World Cup Nines campaign using a 25-4 victory.
The Hull FC participant ran in two tries as Wayne Bennetts guys began their campaign with an emphatic win which makes it a memorable birthday for Connor.
England led 17-0 at half-time within their Pool B game thanks to tries from Sam Tomkins , the latter and Daryl Clark being five-pointer for the Catalans Dragons back dotting down in the bonus zone behind the articles.
There wasnt any let-up following the break and Jermaine McGillvary got the ball rolling with the third attempt, followed by Connor striking after the break before Mike Butt grabbed an unconverted consolation rating of England.
25-4 was won by englands girls against Papua New Guinea in their opening match. Rhiannon Marshall crossed for two tries, with others coming from captain Emily Rudge, Caitlin Beevers and Leah Burke.
This was the Cook Islands who left this days largest impact, however, delighting the crowd at Sydneys Bankwest Stadium in their 30-7 win over Tonga Invitational side
Kayal Iro – boy of former Wigan and St Helens player Kevin – led the way with two tries, while Steven Masters, Reuben Rennie, Aaron Teroi and Anthony Gelling additional the others.
Hosts Australia enjoyed a success beginning with the Jillaroos beating on the Kiwi Ferns 22-8 in the competition of the women.
Ali Brigginshaw scored a great solo try after chasing her kick down and set up Tiana Penitani to score too, together with Keeley Davis and Corban McGregor becoming around to secure the triumph.
Two attempts from Melbourne Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr and Brisbane Broncos David Fifita set the Kangaroos on track for 25-8 win over the Kiwis in Pool A.
Lebanon kicked off the tournament with a close-fought 12-8 win over France, with Bilal Maarbani and 2 conversions out of Jayden.
Samoa defeated Fiji 32-17 around the trunk of Brian Too plus one apiece from David Nofoaluma along with Jarome Luai, while day one with a 27-10 win piled off over the USA.
Doncaster half-back Watson Boas and Barrow Raiders winger Stargroth Amean were among the Kumuls try-scorers.
France 8-12 Lebanon, England Women 25-4 Papua New Guinea Women Tonga 30-7 Cook Islands, Samoa 32-17 Fiji, Australia Women 22-8 New Zealand Women, Australia 25-8 New Zealand, Papua New Guinea 27-10 USA
New Zealand Women vs Papua New Guinea Women (1.30am), France vs Wales (1.55m ), England vs Lebanon (2.20am), Samoa vs Cook Islands (2.45am), Tonga vs Fiji (3.10m ), New Zealand vs Papua New Guinea (3.45m ), Australia vs USA (4.10m ), Australia Women vs England Women (4.35m ), Lebanon vs Wales (5am), England vs France (5.25am) Fiji vs Cook Islands (6am), Tonga vs Samoa (6.25am), New Zealand vs USA (6.50m ), Australia vs Papua New Guinea (7.15am), Australia Women vs Papua New Guinea Women (7.40am), New Zealand Women vs England Women (8.05am), Mens semi-finals (8.55am and 9.20am), Womens closing (9.45am), Mens closing (11am)
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