Burgess opens up on tough start

Date published: January 5 2015

Bath centre Sam Burgess has admitted learning the ropes of rugby union has been much tougher than he thought since his switch from league.

The 26-year-old, who moved to the Recreation Ground from the South Sydney Rabbitohs, started at thirteen against Leicester last weekend.

But with his best position yet to be established, the Great Britain international has revealed that he still has a lot to learn in the new code.

“I knew it was going to be tough but I didn’t know it was going to be as tough as this,” explained the player, speaking to Fox Sports News.

“But I came for the challenge and it certainly delivered. I’ve no regrets.

“I think 12 (inside centre) suits learning the game quicker, whereas six (flanker) you need to have more of a knowledge of the game.
“If there was a position in between the two, I would like that one. Twelve comes more naturally to me because I don’t have as many decisions to make.

“I have enjoyed some parts of scrumming, not so much the line-outs, being blatantly honest, because I don’t understand them.”

Burgess, who has been talked about as being a possible member of England’s squad for the World Cup, was quick to play that down as being a long way down the road.

“I’m not even in the Bath first team yet. I’m just going to keep playing and when I get my opportunity, I’ll enjoy it and do my best with that,” he said.

“I’d love to be a part of the (World Cup) squad. I’d love to be given a chance but I guess I can’t talk myself into a team. I’ve really got to go and play, and get on the field.”