Burgess excited by Wales challenge

Date published: September 25 2015

England centre Sam Burgess said the fact he had never competed against Wales makes their Pool A fixture at Twickenham that bit more unique for him.

The 26-year-old is now a dual-code rugby international, having represented England in Rugby League. He has no doubt that the fixture against Wales will be an emotional one, primarily because it is a match between two home nations but also because it is quite a significant game in the context of Pool A.

The winners on Saturday will enhance their prospects of advancing to the next phase of the competition, in what is essentially a very tough group.

"I like the action. I like the physicality," said Burgess.

"I've got no scars, no victories or losses against Wales," added Burgess, suggesting that he was ideally placed to make a meaningful contribution to the England cause in this instance, as he could afford to throw caution to the wind.

"For me, it's a clean slate, a fresh page. I'm looking forward to putting something down on that page, so I'll enjoy it. I'll soak up this week."

The rugby union convert will start at inside centre on Saturday, alongside Brad Barritt.

"There's excitement, but I'm not going to let that get in the way of what is the most important thing – performance," he added.

"I'm not going to make any bold predictions. Hopefully my performance will speak for itself. They are a big group of physical lads and I'm looking forward to the challenge."