Morley backs Radley to shine for England

Adrian Morley is expecting more fireworks from Victor Radley to help England through the knockout stages of the World Cup.

Sydney-born Radley has made a big impact on his introduction to Test match rugby league, helping his adopted England to three big wins which has set up a quarter-final meeting with Papua New Guinea in Wigan on Saturday.

Morley, one of four new inductees into the Rugby Football League's prestigious Hall of Fame, has a kinship with hard man Radley, who plays with the same uncompromising style.

Morley played with distinction for Leeds and Warrington but also made a name for himself as an "enforcer" during the six seasons he spent with the Sydney Roosters from 2001.

"I am a big fan of Victor and he's been great," Morley, now 45, told the PA news agency. "In the game against Samoa he picked out the biggest lads and said, 'right, this is what you're getting all game' and he stuck at it.

"I obviously have a strong affection for the Sydney Roosters and he's a local Bondi lad.

"I just love the way he plays the game and, if he played for any other club, I still would have thought he was the man but, coming from the Roosters, it makes it extra special for me."

Morley, Britain's most-capped international, has not been surprised by England's march into the last eight.

"I thought they'd do well," Morley said. "People were talking about that first game being a banana skin but I expected England to win, although I probably didn't expect that (60-6) scoreline.

"Samoa were under done but England have just gone about their business. Their performances have been great and hopefully they can keep building and do something in this World Cup."

But Morley says Australia, who meet Lebanon in the first quarter-final in Huddersfield on Friday, are justifiable Cup favourites, adding New Zealand and England as the other main contenders.

"Australia are always going to be favourites, although New Zealand have a decent squad on paper," he said. "Those three are the contenders.

"England have been going great in general and they've got it in them to make the final. And then it's only 80 minutes against Australia or New Zealand. I'm sure they can get a result against anyone.

"It will take a monumental effort in the final but, when you've got 60,000 fans screaming at you, anything can happen."