Aston’s praise for World Cup battler

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Coach Mark Aston has publicly thanked Canberra Raiders prop Brett White for his bravery during Ireland’s difficult World Cup campaign.

White, 31, was singled out by Sheffield Eagles coach Aston for his part in the Wolfhounds’ opening 32-14 defeat by Fiji and lavished praise on the former Kangaroo for defying an early head knock to lead their challenge in Saturday’s 42-0 loss to England.

“He didn’t want to come off. We kept getting messages out to him. He’d have stayed out there if we had let him.”

George Burgess is battling desperately to overcome a leg injury in time for England’s final group game against Fiji in Hull.

The 21-year-old South Sydney prop played less than a quarter of the match against Ireland after taking a blow below his right knee in the opening moments.

The Dewsbury-born BurgesssawEngland cruise into a 30-0 lead with a hat-trick of tries from left winger Ryan Hall, two from right winger Tom Briscoe and one from the outstanding Brett Ferres. They added only two more, through Kallum Watkins and Rangi Chase