Jermaine is fit and ready to face PNG
November 24-25 – Burgess comes in for Cronulla forward Chris Heighington.
Gareth Widdop retains the full-back jersey as Jonny Lomax continues to struggle with a calf strain.
Hooker Josh Hodgson is recalled after being rested for the 36-6 win over France in England’s final group game. James Roby is on the bench.
Papua New Guinea – unbeaten so far in the tournament after group wins over Wales, Ireland and the United States – include wing Garry Lo, who will move to Castleford from Sheffield Eagles next season.
However the 24-year-old is rated only as a “50-50” chance to make kick-off however according to assistant coach Marcus Bai as he struggles with an ankle injury.
Teenage stand-off Lachlan Lam, son of former Wigan and Papua New Guinea half-back Adrian Lam, has been left out despite scoring two tries on debut against the United States with Ase Boas stepping in.
Widdop; McGillvary, Watkins, Bateman, Hall; Brown, Gale; Hill, Hodgson, Graham, S Burgess, Whitehead, O’Loughlin (capt). Interchange: Walmsley, T Burgess, Currie, Roby.
Mead (capt); Olam, Ottio, Macdonald, Lo; A Boas, W Boas; Meninga, Segeyaro, Page, Martin, Minoga, Aiton. Interchange: Baptiste, Amean, Albert, Griffin.
Italy have been handed a suspended fine of £2,900 by World Cup officials over the incident in which teammates James Tedesco and Giants forward Shannon Wakeman came to blows.
The pair were involved in a fight after Italy’s opening World Cup defeat by Ireland in Cairns but shook hands and went on to play in their team’s next two matches.