Burgess has found his position – SBW

Date published: July 11 2015

New Zealand centre Sonny Bill Williams has given former rugby league adversary Sam Burgess the thumbs up in the back-row position for England.

Burgess, who has played both inside centre and blindside flanker for Bath this season, ended the campaign at number six in the Premiership Final.

And Williams was impressed by what he saw in the Twickenham fixture, saying that Burgess now looks at home in rugby union ahead of the World Cup.

"I don't need to talk him up in his rugby league prowess; he was an amazing talent and he is starting to show glimpses of that in rugby," he tod the Daily Mail.

"I think he has probably found his position at number 6 – I watched the (Premiership) final and he was tremendous in that game. Who knows, he could play number 6 or number 12, we'll just have to wait and see.

"I've seen a couple of games that he played at 12 and I saw the final when he was at six and just from watching that game, I felt like he had found the position where he could roam a bit, get a bit more ball, pop up all over the place and bring that physicality that everyone knows he likes to do."

England on Friday cut five players from their squad and with Burgess remaining in the group, Williams believes his versatility could help his case.

"He's in the mix, definitely. Time will tell how he will go at international level but he is handling himself pretty well so it's just a matter of which position I guess," added the All Black.