Burgess to avoid England cut

Date published: July 29 2015

Sam Burgess is set to start for England at inside centre in their first warm-up clash against France and avoid the next squad cut, according to reports.

Burgess made a positive impression during England's two-week training camp in Denver and will get a chance to start in midfield on August 15 at Twickenham, say the Daily Mail.

Despite being used by Bath at blindside flanker towards the end of last season England appear to solely see Burgess as an inside centre.

The same report suggests that Burgess could be joined by Danny Cipriani at fly-half and Henry Slade at outside centre against France with Stuart Lancaster looking to whittle down his squad to 31.

Other contenders at inside centre for England include Brad Barritt, Kyle Eastmond and Billy Twelvetrees as England continue to decide on their preferred combination in the centres.

England face France home and away and Ireland at Twickenham before the Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji on September 18.