Burgess made England captain for 4 Nations
LONDON: Sam Burgess’ successful return to rugby league after a nightmare spell in rugby union has been capped with his being named England captain for the first time yesterday. The 27-year-old-whose fast-tracking into the England World Cup rugby union squad last year proved disastrous for him and the team-will be the skipper for the upcoming Four Nations tournament announced coach Wayne Bennett. “Sam will be our captain. He leads from the front,” said Bennett at a press conference yesterday. Burgess, who plays for South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League, replaces Sean O’Loughlin, who has been ruled out because of injury. Burgess, though, will sit out the ‘friendly’ against France on Saturday as he is serving a suspension. However, he will lead out the team in the Four Nations-which England have never won-opener against New Zealand in Huddersfield the weekend after. England go on to play Scotland on November 5 and Australia on November 13. Burgess, whose twin brothers George and Tom are also in the squad, endured a dreadful time when he made a high profile switch to rugby union in 2014 when Bath signed him on a lucrative three year contract.