Josh Charnley: 'World Cup win would put rugby league on map'

Josh Charnley of Wigan Warriors gives instructions during the Tetley's Challenge Cup Final between Wigan Warriors and Hull FC at Wembley Stadium on August 24, 2013
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Josh Charnley believes that England winning the rugby league World Cup would boost the sport's profile in the country.

England winger Josh Charnley has admitted that he is hoping to win the World Cup to raise the profile of rugby league in the country.

The tournament, which gets underway at the end of October, is being hosted by England and Wales, with further matches played in Ireland and France.

"England need success in the tournament to make people across the country take notice," Charnley told BBC Sport.

"The World Cup is very exciting - especially because it is mainly going to be hosted in England. It's good for English rugby and hopefully we can get the whole country to back us.

"Winning the tournament would be massive in terms of promoting the game and boosting its profile nationwide."

England open the tournament on October 26 against Australia in Cardiff.

Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley goes over to score a try against St Helens on July 22, 2013
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