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    Emirates transforms for rugby

    Arsenal Emirates Stadium has been dramatically transformed for England’s Rugby League World Cup semi-final against Samoa.

    Staff worked tirelessly to redraw the lines on the pitch and the grass was carefully inspected.

    England’s Rugby League World Cup semi-final opponents Samoa then trained on the pitch ahead of Saturday’s clash.

    Samoa caused an upset last weekend, defeating Tonga to reach the last four for the first time.

    However, things have been smoother for England, who have recorded convincing wins at every stage, with the most recent coming against Paua New Guinea with a 46-6 win.

    Confidence is sky high and England are charging towards a first final on home soil since 1995.

    Play is due to get underway at 2.30pm and will be free to watch on BBC One.


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