Code-switcher Sam Burgess has hit back at former rugby chief Rob Andrew’s assertion that his inclusion in England’s squad for the 2015 World Cup was a blunder and derailed their bid for success.
Burgess converted to rugby union from league when he joined Bath in October 2014 and was a controversial selection for the global competition less than a year later. The 28-year-old has since returned to South Sydney Rabbitohs.
In his new book, Andrew described Burgess’s inclusion as the “tipping point” towards England becoming the first host nation in World Cup history to fail to qualify from the group stage.
“Rob wasn’t really around the camp,” said Burgess. “Rob didn’t see the work I put in, Rob didn’t see how I contributed to the squad. Rob’s sitting from – in my opinion – an outsider’s view.
“I do disagree with him but Rob’s entitled to his opinion. He’s trying to sell his book.”
Burgess and England open their Rugby League World Cup account against holders Australia in Melbourne on Friday.