McNamara backs Burgess to find form

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Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Wigan winger Joe Burgess has been tipped by England coach Steve McNamara to bounce back from his traumatic start to the season.

The 20-year-old Wigan-born Burgess, who will join Sydney Roosters at the end of the year, was dropped by his home-town club for last week’s Super League game at Castleford after producing a series of error-strewn displays in the first month of the campaign.

But he is expected to return against Hull on Friday and McNamara, assistant coach of the Roosters who took the player Down Under for the Four Nations Series last autumn, expects him to quickly get back to the form that persuaded the 2013 NRL champions to offer him a three-year deal.

“Joe is a young man, a tremendous player, we all know that,” McNamara said.

“Everybody goes through dips in form at certain stages of their careers. I certainly don’t think it’s the second-year syndrome with Joe.

“He’s a confident person. He will know what he needs to do to put it right and I’m sure he’s getting some great help from everybody at Wigan.

“Hopefully he will get back to the form he showed at the end of last season.”

Meanwhile, McNamara says the door back to the international game has not been closed on Rangi Chase.

The New Zealand-born 2011 Man of Steel, who was a controversial selection by McNamara after previously representing the Maoris, has not played for England since being dropped for the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2013.

Chase later said he would never play for England again but his sparkling early-season form for Salford has reopened the debate.

“I don’t want to talk specifically about Rangi,” McNamara said. “As you’ve seen in the past, there have been players who weren’t part of our group but who have come back in, Michael Shenton (Castleford) being one last season.

“The door is never shut to those players. What I will say is that it has to be right for the group.

“Players who want to be considered for England selection have to have the same common goals as everybody else which is to show selfless commitment towards achieving international success.”

Published: Wednesday 11th March 2015 by The News Editor

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