Burgess tipped for RWC squad

Date published: July 13 2015

Cross-code star Sam Burgess will make England's World Cup squad according to his club coach at Bath, Mike Ford.

Burgess only switched to union this season and is still uncapped after initially starting as a centre.

However a move to the back row seems to have unlocked some of his potential, and he did enough to earn a spot as a starting flanker for Bath on their way to the Premiership final.

England are in Denver as they continue their World Cup preparation, with the squad cut to 45 last week.

Stuart Lancaster still needs to reduce his squad down to 31 for the tournament, but Ford is confident Burgess will do enough to convince the England boss.

"Sam might be one of those decisions [where] Stuart has not quite made his mind up," Ford told the Guardian

"But the rugby side of things will start now with England away in Denver, and the preparation in terms of the style they want to play.

"Hopefully, Sam will get a crack in the warm-up games. He was outstanding in the Premiership final [in May]. I expect him to get in, if he gets a shot in the warm-up games, which I expect him to do.

"They [England] are running him at centre, but there is the ability that if Sam was on the bench, for example, he could also play back-row if they need it.

"It is pretty special what he has done. There was all the hype that came with it, all the scrutiny. 

"He has played in the centre, then the back-row, and I think moving forward he is going to be a world-class player in the back-row for Bath, and I certainly see him in the future playing number six for England. 

"He is a team player – everything he does is for the good of the team. He’s inspirational, and I am glad he is on our team."