Scotland remain on course for a place in the 2016 Four Nations Series after a 25-4 win over Ireland at Dublin's Tallaght Stadium in the second round of the European Championship.
Australia's 17-match winning run was brought to a shattering end with a comprehensive 30-12 defeat by New Zealand in their Four Nations clash in Brisbane.
England survived a major scare to get their Four Nations Series campaign off to a successful start with a 32-26 triumph over Samoa in a thrilling clash in Brisbane.
Australia captain Cameron Smith says Australia's injury-list is no excuse for their shock 30-12 defeat by New Zealand in the Four Nations.
England coach Steve McNamara is confident his side can build on their hard-fought 32-26 win over Samoa in the opening match of the 2014 Four Nations Series.
It will be master against apprentice when Wales do battle with France in their must-win European Championship clash in Albi on Saturday afternoon.
Steve McNamara says England will give Samoa 'the respect they deserve' when the teams open the Four Nations tournament in Brisbane on Saturday.
Mose Masoe says Samoa are out to "shock the world" when they make their Four Nations debut against England in Brisbane in Saturday's opener.
New-look Australia take on New Zealand in a Trans-Tasman Test at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on Saturday as the Four Nations tournament gets into full swing.
Steve McNamara's depleted England side will aim to get their Four Nations campaign off to a winning start when they lock horns with Samoa in Brisbane on Saturday.
James Toole is set to join his brother Josh in Ireland's team to face Scotland on Saturday after being called into coach Mark Aston's 20-man squad for the crucial European Championship clash in Dublin.
Clive Churchill Medal winner Sam Burgess has become the first English winner of the RLIF International Player of the Year Award on Thursday in Brisbane.