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Australia beat England in World Cup opener

England gave an encouraging display in the defeat to favourites Australia. Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Australia fought back to beat England 28-20 in the opening match of the Rugby League World Cup at the Millennium Stadium.

Underdogs England led 10-0 through tries from Leroy Cudjoe and Ryan Hall, but the visitors dominated the second half of the group match.

First Minister hopes for Wales victory this afternoon

First Minister Carwyn Jones has taken to twitter saying he's hoping to see Wales take victory against Italy as they embark on their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.

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Competition could help 'raise the profile' of rugby

Wales Coach Iestyn Harris says he hopes hosting the Rugby League World Cup will help raise the profile of the sport in the country.

Wales will take on Italy today as the competition gets underway in Cardiff.

While a win will go a long way to helping their campaign, organisers are hoping it has a greater effect off the field.

Rugby League World Cup opening ceremony

Wales take on Italy and Australia will play England in the Millennium Stadium.

The Rugby League World Cup gets underway in the Millennium Stadium today with the opening ceremony and then two games.

The opening games will see Wales take on Italy and Australia play England.

Wales Coach Iestyn Harris says he hopes hosting the competition will help raise the profile of the sport in the country.

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Wales announce squad for first World Cup clash

Wales have announced their squad for the first match of their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.

Among the 19-men selected for the squad are three potential debutants - Warrington's Rhys Evans, Larne Patrick of Huddersfield Giants and Anthony Walker of St Helens.

"I think we have a really strong team for the opening game. We're going into it with confidence but we know that we'll have a tough time against Italy especially after their win over England last week.

“I'm pleased that Tyson Frizell has overcome his injury. He, and of course all of the others, have worked hard to be here. We now can't wait for Saturday to play in front of a packed house at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.”

– Iestyn Harris, Wales coach

Wales will face Italy on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with kick-off at 4:30pm.