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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