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Hall happy with England progress

Ryan Hall believes England are in good shape for the World Cup after the 48-4 win over France in the final of the autumn international series.

Steve McNamara's men ran in eight tries against the weakened French at the Salford City Stadium to complete an impressive month's work in which they rattled up 172 points and conceded just 12 in their three matches.

The acid test will come when they meet Australia in the opening match of the 2013 World Cup in Cardiff next October but today they can reflect on a job well done.

"We're looking really strong," said Hall, the 24-year-old Leeds winger whose first try of four on Sunday was the 150th of his career.

"All the time you can spend on the field together is beneficial for us and can only help us going forward into next year.

"Hopefully this time next year we will be sat here with an even larger trophy than this."

Hall was named man of the match for his scoring heroics which took his try tally to 13 in 15 appearances and edged him past a former Leeds winger, Mark Calderwood, into joint second place in England's all-time list.

Full-back Sam Tomkins, who went ahead of previous record-holder Alf Ellaby a week ago, scored two more to take his total to 16 and extend his lead at the top, while Josh Charnley and Rob Burrow also touched down and skipper Kevin Sinfield kicked all eight conversions.

They were leading 48-0 until winger Mathias Pala scored a last-minute consolation try for the French to provide a minor irritation for McNamara.

Hall, who was also man of the match in Leeds' World Club Challenge win over Manly Sea Eagles in February, played down his own contribution to England's latest success.

"A lot of credit goes to the big guys in the middle," he said. "I thought they brought a lot of punch.

"It makes my job quite easy, reaping the rewards of their good work and exploiting the gaps out wide. Two of my tries were just dive-overs."

England's win came 40 years to the day since Great Britain last won the World Cup and McNamara is convinced his side are on track to repeat that success this time next year.

"I'm not saying what we're doing will guarantee us success but it will give us the best opportunity," he said. "You can't put a price on what this has done for us."