Bath adamant Burgess should play six

Date published: July 24 2015

Bath head coach Mike Ford has reiterated his belief that Sam Burgess is a flanker and not a centre, despite England thinking differently.

England are viewing Burgess as a centre for this year's Rugby World Cup, with the former rugby league superstar currently part of the 45-man squad training in Denver.

Ford and Bath however clearly disagree, with Ford saying that Burgess could have been benefiting from working on his line-outs with Bath if he wasn't away with England.

Whether the different opinions on where Burgess should be played will have a major effect on the player remains to be seen.

"He's only going to play at six [with us]," Ford told the BBC.

"If he was with us in pre-season and not with England, he could learn his line-out roles better, but it is what it is.

"I know ultimately he'll come back a better player with his experience at the World Cup, so I'm pretty chilled about it.

"It doesn't concern me at all. Wherever he plays, he'll contribute to the England team."