St Helens hooker James Roby believes England will continue to get better as preparations for this year's World Cup near their conclusion.

The 27-year-old Merseyside-born player, who has 10 caps for his country, was part of the side that beat the Exiles 30-10 at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday - in England's only competitive International before the tournament kicks-off in October.

"When you get tired you naturally go to your own habits, and we're in different clubs and have different systems," he told reporters.

"It's all going in the right direction though and we need to build on that for the World Cup." 

The Saints star continued his encouraging comeback from an ankle injury in the match, securing himself a first-half try as England scored 24 unanswered points. 

Tries from Mickey Paea and Joel Monaghan brought the Exiles back into the game, but it was a comfortable victory in the end for Steve McNamara's side. 

England's first World Cup match will be against Australia on the 26th October, before games against Ireland and Fiji. The final will be played on the 30th November. 

The international origin match was the final scheduled warm-up game and coach McNamara will now travel to Australia to watch his NRL-based players.

"The squad we've got, the English and Aussie-based players, when we all come together hopefully everyone is fit and raring to go," Roby added.

"There is a lot of competition for places in every position so it's going to be a great year and it should be a fantastic time for rugby league.

"Hopefully we can get some good performances on the pitch, ultimately get some good results and try and boost the profile of rugby league across the country."


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