A LATE change to the England team for the Rugby League World Cup opener against Australia at AAMI Stadium in Melbourne sees Warrington Wolves' Ben Currie replace St Helens prop Alex Walmsley.

The Saints man-mountain misses out on his first senior cap due to not shaking off a virus, so Currie is handed his full debut at senior level instead.

Currie will be on the bench in the only change to the line-up announced on Tuesday morning.