Burgess excited to be a Saxon

Date published: January 22 2015

Bath player Sam Burgess is looking forward to stepping up a level when playing for the England Saxons later this month.

Burgess, with only a handful of games under his belt since crossing codes after great success in the NRL, has been named in the Saxons group to face the Irish Wolfhounds in Cork.

Still finding his feet in Union but showing flashes of encouragement, the 26-year-old is viewing the call-up as a great opportunity.

“I am really excited. It’s a great opportunity to get out and see what I can do within the English set-up,” Burgess told AFP.

“I am looking forward to meeting a few guys.

“Obviously, the injury delayed things, so it is good to get the opportunity.

“It has been a steep learning curve for me. You learn in training, but I think you do the most realistic learning on a game day.

“Certainly, as my minutes on the field have crept up, I think my performances have improved and I have got more game-awareness.”

Even with elements of his game improving however, Burgess still knows that he has plenty to take on board.

“There is still so much to learn and so many things to improve on, but I am really enjoying the transition. I am starting to understand the game a bit more,” added Burgess.

“I think the game is as complicated as you make it. I try to look at it as simply as possible. If you do the simple things well, you put yourself in a good position.

“Understanding the breakdown of all the different areas of the game has been interesting. The skill level inside a game is unbelievable.

“It’s chaos out there on the field in terms of everything happening so fast. Every ruck is contestable, and it is a totally different mindset.

“I am just taking it day by day. It literally is one game at a time for me. I will stick with that, and keep trying to improve on a weekly basis.”