Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SPORT - Eng­land France GARETH WALKER in Perth

KEVIN BROWN in­tends to turn up the pres­sure on coach Wayne Ben­nett, when he gets his World Cup op­por­tu­nity on Sun­day.

Stand-off Brown is one of four play­ers handed their first chance of the tour­na­ment, against France, along­side Scott Tay­lor, Mike Mcmeeken and Mark Per­ci­val. The 33-year-old has no is­sue with hav­ing to bide his time – but now wants to make the most of his start in Perth.

Brown said: “Ob­vi­ously, it’s been frus­trat­ing want­ing to play, but I un­der­stand we’ve got a fan­tas­tic squad and I had to wait for my chance.

“I ex­pected it. We’ve got the cur­rent Man of Steel Luke Gale and the Dally M (the NRL’S player of the year) stand-off Gareth Wid­dop, so I knew I’d have to put some work in.

“Hope­fully, I can take my chance and put some pres­sure on Wayne, when he picks the side for the quar­ter-fi­nals.

“I can’t wait. It’s the pin­na­cle of my ca­reer play­ing for my coun­try, and to play in a World Cup makes it ex­tra-spe­cial.”

France are 33-1 out­siders with some book­mak­ers, but Brown has warned against com­pla­cency after the dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond­half dis­play against Le­banon.

He added: “My last Test against France was tough in Avi­gnon, and they’ll be pas­sion­ate. We know a lot more about them than we do the Le­banese, and we want an im­proved per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the se­cond half.”

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