Job isn’t done for Burgess

Date published: August 29 2015

Sam Burgess says the hard work isn't over yet after being named in England's Rugby World Cup squad.

Despite only playing a handful of games at centre in union since his switch from rugby league, Burgess has persuaded the England coaching staff to select him after standing out in training.

Burgess played his first Test for England against France two weeks ago at Twickenham.

Speaking about how he felt now he had made the cut, Burgess stated that he doesn't just want to be a passenger during the tournament.

"I am proud of what I've achieved so far, but the job is not finished yet. I'm not arrogant but I've got strong belief in myself and I know what I can offer," Burgess told the Daily Mail.

"I believe I am ready to add something and help this England team. I've made the 31 but I want to go on from that now. I don't want to just make up the numbers at the World Cup.

"Whether you are selected or not, you have to be a professional, to make sure the team perform as well as possible and credit should go to all the lads who have been in camp.

"But I feel comfortable and I believe that if I get a chance to play, I can do the job.

"I enjoy every second of training and I've got a smile on my face the whole time. But I'm not in the squad on my personality.

"The coaches certainly believe in me and so do I. I'm ready to play and make a difference on the field."