Burgess in Ben­nett’s Eng­land Four Na­tions squad

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Sam Burgess was in­cluded yes­ter­day in the 24-man Eng­land squad an­nounced by coach Wayne Ben­nett for the Four Na­tions tour­na­ment which gets un­der­way later this month.

It was the first time the 27-year-old, now in his sec­ond spell at Aus­tralian NRL side South Syd­ney, had been in­cluded in a na­tional rugby league squad since re­turn­ing from rugby union last year, hav­ing made his way into the Eng­land squad knocked out in the first round of the 15-man code’s 2015 World Cup.

Vet­eran Aus­tralian coach Ben­nett se­lected four un­capped play­ers in Hull’s Scott Tay­lor, Castle­ford’s Luke Gale and St He­lens duo Jonny Lo­max and Mark Per­ci­val.

“To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for Eng­land but one for the in­ter­na­tional game,” said Ben­nett. “There’s some se­ri­ous tal­ent in this English side,” he added of a squad also fea­tur­ing Burgess’s broth­ers Ge­orge and Thomas. “I’ve al­ways said that there wouldn’t be too many changes and there are plenty of guys in the squad who worked hard in last year’s se­ries win against New Zealand who have gone on and per­formed in 2016.”

Eng­land have yet to win the Four Na­tions, which this year fea­tures rugby league giants Aus­tralia and New Zealand as well as Scot­land. Prior to the tour­na­ment, Eng­land travel to France for a one­off match in Avi­gnon on Oc­to­ber 22.

Ben­nett’s men be­gin their Four Na­tions cam­paign against New Zealand in Hud­der­s­field on Oc­to­ber 29 be­fore fac­ing Scot­land in Coven­try on Novem­ber 5 and Aus­tralia at Lon­don’s Olympic Sta­dium on Novem­ber 13.

John Bate­man (Wi­gan), Kevin Brown (Widnes), Ge­orge Burgess, Sam Burgess, Thomas Burgess (all South Syd­ney Rab­bitohs/AUS), Daryl Clark (War­ring­ton), Mike Cooper (War­ring­ton/St Ge­orge-Ill­warra Dragons/AUS), Liam Far­rell (Wi­gan), Brett Fer­res (Leeds), Luke Gale (Castle­ford), James Gra­ham (Can­ter­bury Bankstown Bull­dogs/AUS), Ryan Hall (Leeds), Chris Hill (War­ring­ton), Josh Hodg­son (Can­berra Raiders/AUS), Jonny Lo­max (St He­lens), Jer­maine McGil­l­vary (Hud­der­s­field), Mark Per­ci­val (St He­lens), Ste­fan Ratch­ford (War­ring­ton), Dan Sar­gin­son (Wi­gan/Gold Coast Ti­tans/AUS), Scott Tay­lor (Hull FC), Kal­lum Watkins (Leeds), El­liott White­head (Can­berra Raiders/AUS), Gareth Wid­dop (St Ge­orge Illawarra Dragons/AUS), Ge­orge Wil­liams (Wi­gan). —AFP

TORONTO: Melvin Up­ton Jr. #7 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a dou­ble against the Texas Rangers in the sixth in­ning dur­ing game three of the Amer­i­can League Divi­sion Se­ries at Rogers Cen­tre in Toronto, Canada. — AFP

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