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England coach Steve McNamara controversially walked out of the prematch press conference at the Millennium Stadium after journalists questioned his decision to leave James Graham out of the side to play Australia.

Graham, arguably the best prop in the world, was omitted amid speculation he was a part of the group said to have gone drinking after the warm up loss to Italy.

Forward Gareth Hock, who reneged on a deal to join Parramatta was dismissed from the squad altogether.

Australia coach Tim Sheens was less confrontational, saying his side are wary of an "embarrassed" England side who will be pumped up in front of a huge, parochial crowd.