Sam Burgess talks to Inside Sport Magazine about his some of his coaches and how this particular English team is confident going into the Four Nations series.
“Personally, I’ve worked with the England coach Wayne Bennett before, in the NRL All Stars camp back in 2010. I know a little bit about his character. He’s a great guy. From what I’ve known of him I think he’ll fit really well into the English scope and the English culture. Certainly I think there is a bit of excitement amongst the boys about his involvement in the English team and what expertise and methods he can contribute to the set-up. He brings a bit of an X-factor in terms of the coaching side of things. He’s obviously been and done it all; his resume speaks for itself.”
First season back
“I learnt a lot in my return season for the Rabbitohs in 2016, such as how much the little things matter in terms of going through a full season. There were some games we lost by a point or two; if we had’ve jagged two or three more wins we’d have been in the finals. But then I also realised how quickly momentum can swing. We found our form, personally and as a team, in the back two months of the year just by simplifying the game; we played it simply but effectively. That’s the best thing you can do. But I enjoyed it all. I enjoyed the challenge of getting back into rugby league, back into the fitness of the NRL and the rigorous week in, week out routine; that physical competitiveness. I enjoyed it all and I’ll certainly be stronger for it moving forward.”
“Us Australian-based boys will be flying out at different times over to the UK for the Four Nations. I never like putting myself on the line as far as results and overall predictions go. We’ll prefer to do our talking on the field. The guys are looking forward to getting together as a whole group, first and foremost. We’ve worked hard, we believe we’re moving in the right direction. There’s no point going into any competitive event without belief, and certainly as a group of Englishmen we have plenty of that.”
Sam Burgess is Canterbury ambassador talking to Inside Sport Magazine.