PAPER TALK: No one’s talking about the World Cup final

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Despite belief to the contrary, the national media are gearing up for this weekend’s World Cup final between England and Australia.

While the hosts are heavy favourites, in the words of Sky Sports and Twitter personality Rod Studd, any outcome on the day is possible.

The Mayor of Greater Manchester seems to think that rugby league is being ignored, and that is perhaps a little bit insulting to those journalists who have spent the past six weeks Down Under (I know, how have they coped) as our eyes and ears across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

So we thought it was only right to point you in the direction of some of the pieces across other media outlets to get you in the mood for Saturday’s game (which is live on BBC1, by the way, just in case they forget to tell you again).

The Mirror (Gareth Walker)

Road to the Suncorp Stadium – how England booked a first World Cup final place since 1995

Australia in focus – a look at England’s formidable World Cup final opponents

One to Watch – Gareth Widdop thrives in positional switch with England on the edge of World Cup history

England boss Wayne Bennett undecided if Saturday’s World Cup final will be his last game in charge

The Sun (Gary Carter)

Kevin Brown reveals how he was cleared to help England to World Cup final

Tonga told the call to rule out last minute try was RIGHT

England prop Chris Hill: World Cup final inspired by facing Championship sides

England Rugby League coach Wayne Bennett prepares for World Cup final… 100 miles from home

The Express (Ross Heppenstall)

Martin Offiah: England should be honoured by THE QUEEN if they beat Australia

Rugby League World Cup: Karl Harrison reveals how England can beat Australia

The Guardian (John Davidson/Aaron Bower)

Valentine Holmes overcomes adversity to capitalise on natural ability

The second Australian out to upset Kangaroos in World Cup final

England pick Sean O’Loughlin, willing him to be fit for World Cup final

John Bateman’s final dream fulfilled as England prepare for Australia challenge

England’s nearly men from 1995 Rugby League World Cup hoping for more

The Telegraph (Sam Dean/Bill Borrows)

England winger Jermaine McGillvary heaps praise on Valentine Holmes ahead of World Cup final with Australia

Veteran Chris Heighington recalled by England for World Cup final

England are in a World Cup final… and no one has noticed

BBC (Dave Woods/Paul Fletcher)

The Final Push: Rugby League World Cup

‘The country needs an England World Cup victory’

Rugby League World Cup: Will World Cup joy finally come for Sam Burgess?

Rugby League World Cup: Kevin Brown ‘living the dream’ before final

Daily Star (Julie Stott)

Rugby League World Cup: England boss Wayne Bennett regrets some things he did as coach

Rugby League World Cup: Five highlights from 2017 tournament ahead of Australia v England

England star Kev Brown backed to make critics eat words during World Cup final

Australia star Matt Gillett praises Wayne Bennett as England gear up for final

There’ll no doubt be more to come on Friday as everyone builds up to the biggest game of the year.

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