Sean isn’t ruled out of a place in Mac’s at­tack

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ENG­LAND coach Steve McNa­mara has stuck with the same side for Sun­day’s Four Na­tions match against Aus­tralia, but has not yet ruled out in­jured cap­tain Sean O’Lough­lin.

The Wi­gan loose for­ward was forced to sit out Eng­land’s open­ing 32-26 win over Samoa on Satur­day after fail­ing to re­cover from a quad mus­cle in­jury.

McNa­mara says O’Lough­lin is mak­ing progress and could yet be drafted in for the match in Mel­bourne.

Eng­land are also thought to be mon­i­tor­ing scrum-half Matty Smith and hooker Daryl Clark after they picked up knocks against the Samoans.

“We have named the same 17 as last week,” said McNa­mara. “A few of our blokes haven’t been able to train fully dur­ing the early part of the week.

Im­prov­ing

“Even though we have named the same side, there could be a change or two at the back end of the week.

“Those that were un­able to train are mak­ing de­cent progress.

“Sean O’Lough­lin is def­i­nitely im­prov­ing and we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor him through­out this week.”

Eng­land’s last vic­tory against Aus­tralia was the 1995 World Cup opener at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium, when the hosts won 20-16, although Brian Noble’s Great Bri­tain beat the Kan­ga­roos 23-12 in the Tri-Na­tions Se­ries in 2006 in Syd­ney.

O’Lough­lin is the only mem­ber of the 24-man squad to have ever tasted suc­cess against Aus­tralia, hav­ing played in both the 2004 and 2006 Tri-Na­tions tour­na­ments.

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