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Monday 5 December 2016

Jason Robinson: Sam Burgess believes he will make starting England side

Sam Burgess
Sam Burgess

World Cup winner Jason Robinson believes Sam Burgess will have every intention of making England's starting line-up when the tournament starts next week.

Burgess, despite switching from rugby league to union less than a year ago, was among four centres named in England boss Stuart Lancaster's final 31-man World Cup squad and featured during recent warm-up games against France and Ireland.

Robinson quit league for union 15 years ago, and it proved to be with dazzling effect as he went on to score 28 England tries in 51 Tests, played in two World Cup finals and toured twice with the British and Irish Lions.

Burgess has followed a similar sporting journey to Robinson, albeit via an NRL Grand Final-winning season with South Sydney Rabbitohs, and Robinson thinks the Yorkshireman's fierce ambition shines through.

"Sam will be looking to make an impact," Robinson said. "Getting into the squad is a massive achievement already, but he won't be satisfied with that."

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