Burrell has no grudge with Burgess

Date published: November 24 2015

England centre Luther Burrell has revealed there are no hard feelings towards Sam Burgess after he missed out on the Rugby World Cup squad.

The Northampton back was one of the controversial omissions from England's final 31-man squad for the tournament, with Burgess picked ahead of him and going on to start against Wales.

Burgess has since quit rugby union, returning to playing in the NRL in Australia.

"I have got no grudge against Sam. He didn't put himself in the team. He had an opportunity of a lifetime and he was able to live that dream," Burrell told the BBC.

"For me, I had to get behind the team, stomach what happened and try to support them the best way possible."

Burrell added that he had wished Burgess the best of luck and expects him to be an instant success again back in Australia.

"He's gone back to a game he probably knows better and probably is better suited to. He's a fantastic icon in Australia and Sydney and he's going to be a huge asset in rugby league," Burrell added.

"I put on the TV and watch the NRL and get behind him and his brothers. He's a player that grew up not so far from me in west Yorkshire so we've known about each other for a while.

"For me it was about wishing him the best of luck, my issue wasn't with him whatsoever."