Graham injured as rampant England rout France

England cruised to a convincing 40-6 victory over France in their first game under new head coach Wayne Bennett, though the win was somewhat marred by an injury scare for James Graham.

Canterbury-Bankstown prop Graham had to be helped off the field late on in Avignon, having received treatment following a spear tackle from Eloi Pelissier, who was sent to the sin-bin.

Bennett picked six uncapped players in his 19-man squad for the Four Nations warm-up clash at Parc des Sports, with NRL star Sam Burgess among the first-team regulars rested.

It was the hosts who took the lead, Pelissier side-stepping his way to the line - kicker Tony Gigot adding the extras.

However, England wasted no time in restoring parity, Gareth Widdop converting after Ryan Hall had slid in down the left.

England continued to mount the pressure, and France's defence was penetrated again soon after, 2014 Man of Steel winner Daryl Clark bundling over.

More points were to follow before the interval, George Burgess barging through the hosts' lines, with Hall powering in for his second try of the game on the stroke of half-time.

France came out from the restart with renewed vigour, but their second-half defiance was ended with 12 minutes of normal time remaining, Kevin Brown finding space 10 yards out and duly sliding over.

England added further gloss to the result following Pelissier's dismissal, Jermaine McGillvary and Widdop both getting in on the act with two well-crafted tries.

Aside from Graham's possible injury, it was an ultimately comfortable start to Bennett's tenure, and England's attention will now switch to their opening Four Nations clash with 2014 victors New Zealand on October 29.

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