The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Sam’s RWC push grows

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ENG­LAND backs coach Andy Far­rell in­sists Sam Burgess “ain’t got his L plates on any­more” as he urges the rugby league con­vert to force his way into the start­ing line-up.

Burgess has been in­cluded in the hosts’ 31-man World Cup squad 10 months af­ter launch­ing his union ca­reer at Bath and de­spite play­ing the busi­ness end of last sea­son as a flanker and not in­side cen­tre, the po­si­tion he is fill­ing for Eng­land.

Far­rell said the 26-year-old rugby league con­vert must not be sat­is­fied with be­ing con­sid­ered one of the four best cen­tres in the coun­try and should aim for a place in the start­ing XV next week­end’s visit of Ire­land to Twick­en­ham his first chance to win a sec­ond cap.

“Sam ain’t got his L plates on any­more, that’s for sure,” Far­rell said.

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