DEWSBURY-born Sam Burgess has been named in the England RL squad three years after last appearing for the national side in the 2013 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
The 27-year-old had an unsuccessful stint in rugby union after the last World Cup but returned to rugby league last November with NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he discovered his old form to earn a place in Wayne Bennett’s England squad for the upcoming international test against France and this autumn’s Four Nations.
“There’s been a lot of competition for places this year and the players that have been picked are the ones we believe will stand up to the test of the competing nations,” said new England boss Bennett.
“To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for England but one for the international game. Having worked with him in the past, he’s a great bloke to have around and have by your shoulder on the field.”
Sam is joined in Bennett’s squad by brothers and Rabbitohs teammates George and Thomas.