Burgess made Eng­land cap­tain for 4 Na­tions

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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.

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