Sam Burgess will be welcomed back into England’s squad for this weeks quarter final match against Papua New Guinea.
A leg injury in the opening match of the tournament threatened to cut short his campaign, however, returning to training this week, relieved English teammates pondered how he’ll pull up. Thankfully, they can’t wait to see Burgess return to the paddock this weekend, labelling him as ‘aggressive’ as they come.
English halfback Luke Gale said Burgess had been training this week and will take his intensity to the game.
“He’s a big character and the boys miss him but he was full on in that session,” Gale said.
“He whacked a couple of boys then which they didn’t take too kindly to — he knocked Kev Brown’s head off.
“Sammy trains exactly how he plays, he’s intense, so that sessions showed you that he’s back.”
Burgess insists he made ‘no apologies’ to teammates regarding his physicality and was ecstatic about returning to action.
“I always try to push things a little bit, it’s in my nature and I wanted to get back on the field as soon as possible and I felt pretty good, but it was the smart thing to give it a few more days,” Burgess said.
Burgess believes England’s consistency this tournament has been poor and said if they turn the tide, they could have the arsenal of weapons to run over other teams.
“It’s about execution for us; we need to be a bit more clinical and hold the ball,” he said