ENGLAND'S women also won 25-4 in their opening game against Papua New Guinea at the inaugural World Cup Nines in Sydney.

England, who included Bradford Bulls' Amy Hardcastle in their starting line-up, had Castleford's Rhiannon Marshall to thank as she scored scoring two tries, with others coming from Caitlin Beevers, captain Emily Rudge and Leah Burke.

Meanwhile, Hull utility back Jake Connor celebrated his 25th birthday with two tries in England men's 25-4 win over Wales in their opening match of the inaugural World Cup Nines.

England led 17-0 at half-time in their pool B match thanks to tries from Daryl Clark, Sam Tomkins - a five-pointer - and Jermaine McGillvary, while Connor struck twice after the break before Mike Butt grabbed a consolation try for Wales.