Oct 26, 2013 at 2.30pm UK at ‚ÄčMillennium Stadium
Australia
28-20
England

Steve McNamara walks out on press conference

McNamara walks out on press conference
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England coach Steve McNamara walks out on a press conference after refusing to discuss the omission of James Graham from his 19-man squad for the World Cup opener against Australia.

England coach Steve McNamara cut yesterday's press conference short after refusing to discuss the omission of James Graham from his 19-man squad for the World Cup opener against Australia.

It has been widely reported that Graham's absence is due to his involvement in the drinking session which led to Gareth Hock being sent home earlier in the week.

However, McNamara did not respond well to such suggestions and, after reporters continued to press him on the subject, he walked out of the meeting, which lasted just six minutes.

"There are seven very good players not playing this week," McNamara told reporters. "I'm certainly not going to talk about any individuals among those seven."

Following another question about Graham, he added: "If you're going to carry on that that questioning, we might as well stop now."

The subject briefly changed to opponents Australia, but it then switched to Hock, prompting McNamara to rise from his chair and say: "I've got to go boys anyway because the bus is going, cheers, see you tomorrow."

England match squad: Ablett, G Burgess, S Burgess, T Burgess, Burrow, Charnley, Chase, Cudjoe, Farrell, Ferres, Hall, Hill, Mossop, Roby, Sinfield (C), Tomkins, Watkins, Westwood, Widdop

Australia starting XIII: Slater, Morris, Tate, Inglis, Boyd, Thurston, Cronk, Scott, Smith (C), Tamou, Bird, Thaiday, Gallen. Replacements: Farah, Fifita, Lewis, Parker, Hayne, Myles

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