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Sam Burgess centre of attention
24 Jul 2015 15:03
Andy Farrell insists Sam Burgess is holding his own as a centre during England's inter-squad training sessions in Denver.
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League convert Burgess is only being considered in the midfield for the upcoming World Cup, despite producing his best rugby as a blindside flanker for Bath last season.
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England's high-altitude training camp in Colorado has given the management the chance to assess him in direct competition with his rivals for the four centre berths in the final 31-man squad, which is announced on 31 August.
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Backs coach Farrell insists the 26-year-old, who swapped league for union last October, remains in contention for World Cup selection.
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"We picked him in our training group as a 12 so we clearly believe he can play there," Farrell said.
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"He's given a very good account of himself so far this week. He's looked very comfortable in the centres.
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"He's given a very good account of himself so far this week. He's looked very comfortable in the centres"
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"We're more into the rugby element of training now and he's showed up well. The competition is fierce in that position, but Sam's in the mix and doing very well.
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"If you look back at his league days, he's played in many different positions from front row to loose forward and those positions are a mile apart.
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"What you find with a good footballer with a feel for the game is that they're able to adapt and play many different positions. Sam is one of those.
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"Everyone is trying to give themselves a fighting chance of getting into the warm-up games and play the best they can, and Sam is no different to anyone else."
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England return from their two-week camp in Denver this weekend with their first World Cup warm-up match against France at Twickenham looming on 15 August.
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