Burgess set for French test
Sam Burgess is aiming to make up for lost time when he lines up for England on Saturday against France, live on Sky Sports.
Last Updated: 11/06/09 9:48am
Sam Burgess is aiming to make up for lost time when he lines up for England on Saturday against France in Paris.
The Bradford forward made his international debut back in 2007 against New Zealand, scoring a try to help Great Britain clinch a series whitewash.
However, a shoulder injury ruled him out of last year's World Cup, as well as the start of the new Super League season with the Bulls.
Burgess, who played in the match against the French in 2008, is looking forward to representing his country again in the Gillette Fusion international.
"I was absolutely devastated to miss out on such a big series and such a big occasion," he said. "I was really gutted but I'm over that now.
"I didn't play too long against the French last year so you could say it's been a year and a half since I've played for England.
"I'm looking forward to establishing myself back on the international scene."
Despite only being 20, Burgess is no longer the youngest in Tony Smith's youthful squad to face the French, live on Sky Sports.
"I'm quite happy to pass on the title of being the youngest," he said.
"It's good to see lot of players younger than me coming through. Having 18 and 19-year-olds in the squad is fantastic for England."
England' record an emphatic 56-8 win in the corresponding game in Toulouse a year ago but are expecting a much tougher test this time around.
"I would have thought so," Burgess said. "This is a young England side with a lot of new faces about. We're pretty new together.
"I think they've got a new young side as well and they will be up for it, especially with the Four Nations coming up at the end of the year.
"They've been in camp for a few weeks now. I'm sure it will be a tough game for us."