EASY DOES IT FOR SAM

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from JULIE STOTT in Mel­bourne make my tack­les. I’ll just give it my best shot and not let the team down.”

Burgess heard his right knee pop in a tackle dur­ing Eng­land’s open­ing game against Aus­tralia but tried to play on.

How­ever, Eng­land’s med­i­cal team told him to come off in the sec­ond half and within an hour he knew ex­actly why.

He said: “I’d have fin­ished the game against Aus­tralia if I could. It’s a bad habit of mine. I al­ways try push it.

“I tried not to worry too much and I had a scan at the sta­dium within 20 min­utes of the full-time whis­tle.

“We had a rough Subs: idea of the in­jury, got some spe­cial­ist ad­vice the fol­low­ing day and came up with a plan and it’s all worked out.

“I’ve had sim­i­lar knee in­juries be­fore. A me­dial lig­a­ment is in­sta­bil­ity and I just had to strengthen it and let the ten­don heal.”

Ben­nett be­lieves Burgess can last the 80 min­utes if he plays wide rather than in the mid­dle.

“I’ll play any­where the coach wants me to play. I en­joy play­ing a bit wider at times,” Burgess added.

Jer­maine McGil­l­vary missed train­ing yes­ter­day with a slight an­kle in­jury but is ex­pected to be fully fit for Sun­day.

Jonny Lo­max misses out for the third game run­ning with a calf in­jury and is again re­placed at full-back by Gareth Wid­dop.

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