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Burgess back with a vengeance

Burgess back with a vengeance

Wed, Nov 15, 2017 - 10:00AM
By ‌Andrew Marmont‌‌, ‌NRL.com

Sam Burgess is ready to return to England's squad ahead of their quarter-final clash against Papua New Guinea in Melbourne on Sunday.

Burgess prowled around the contact sessions on Tuesday and dished out some punishment to some unsuspecting team-mates. But the South Sydney forward isn't sheepish about his training style. He's missed the last two weeks with a knee injury and is eager to impress.

"Training is sometimes more intense than a game; I make no apologies for that," he said. 

"It's good to back with the team. I'm probably a bit excited. I didn't play 48 hours ago, these guys played and have flown over from Perth. 

"I always try and push things a little bit – that's just in my nature. I wanted to get back on the field as quick as possible. I felt pretty good nine to 10 days post injury; I wanted to try and push it and play on the weekend against France."

Halfback Luke Gale is excited to have Burgess in the team.

"He's a big character around the place, and the boys miss him," Gale said. 

"He's back now - he hadn't trained for a couple of weeks, so he went full-on in that session then. I think he whacked a couple of boys, which they didn't take too kindly to. 

"Sammy trains exactly like he plays. He's intense. He wanted to get back and get himself right mentali-ty. I think that session he showed he was back. He knocked Kev Brown's head off – he's ready."

Burgess says his side will continue refining their game, but it's too late for anything drastic.

"Not a lot really should change," he said. 

"We're playing a good style of football. If we start changing things up now, it's too late. 

"We know what we have to do - its execution more than anything else.

 

 

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