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England coach Steve McNamara is set to remain an assistant coach with the Sydney Roosters.

If England coach Steve McNamara is shown on television during the opening New Zealand Test with his head in his hands, don't automatically assume his team is struggling.

"It's cost me a fortune, tickets," says McNamara, a Hull local. 

"The Olympic Stadium Test will be a lot cheaper." 

The Sydney Roosters assistant coach has booked top tier tickets for a group of his friends at more than 100 pounds per head 

"And they've not paid me yet!" he says. "That's my biggest worry this weekend.  So if I look upset on Sunday in the stands, you'll know why."

England flogged New Zealand 28-6 in their last meeting at KC Stadium, during the 2011 Four Nations

McNamara said: "It's exciting playing playing on home soil. It's our first time in two years. The Test against France, it was Sean O'Loughlin's first as captain on home soil."