Date: 28/11/17 (Photo Credit NRLPhotos)

Newcastle-bound forward utility Chris Heighington has been recalled to the England side for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 final against Australia in Brisbane.

Date: 28/11/17 (Photo Credit NRLPhotos)

Newcastle-bound forward utility Chris Heighington has been recalled to the England side for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 final against Australia in Brisbane.

The 34-year-old veteran of 317 NRL appearances will play his seventh and most important match for his adopted league nation from the bench, with St Helens skipper James Roby elevated into the starting line-up to replace injured hooker Josh Hodgson in the only change to the England squad.

Heighington has not played for the Cup finalists since appearing off the bench in their opening two games against Australia in Melbourne and Lebanon in Sydney.

Australia v England, Saturday 2 December, Brisbane Stadium, 7pm EAST (8pm AEDT)

Match officials: Referee - Gerard Sutton; touch judges - Chris Kendall and Chris Butler; video referee: Ben Thaler

ENGLAND
1 Gareth WIDDOP
2 Jermaine MCGILLVARY
3 Kallum WATKINS
4 John BATEMAN
5 Ryan HALL
6 Kevin BROWN
7 Luke GALE
8 Chris HILL
9 James ROBY
10 James GRAHAM
11 Sam BURGESS
12 Elliott WHITEHEAD
13 Sean O'LOUGHLIN (c)
14 Alex WALMSLEY
15 Thomas BURGESS
16 Ben CURRIE
17 Chris HEIGHINGTON
18 Jonny LOMAX
19 Scott TAYLOR
20 George WILLIAMS
21 Mark PERCIVAL

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