RWC too soon for Burgess – Corry

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Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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Former England captain Martin Corry doubts Sam Burgess has enough time to prove himself worthy of a place in Stuart Lancaster’s World Cup squad.

Burgess was officially unveiled by Aviva Premiership club Bath on Thursday after completing his high-profile move from rugby league.

The 25-year-old Yorkshireman will have to wait until December for his debut as he recovers from a fractured cheekbone and eye socket and Corry fears England 2015 may come to soon.

“I don’t want to get caught up in all this hype,” Corry told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Sam has to come out and prove himself. The timeframe does scare me – can someone be fast-tracked so quickly?”

Doubt hangs over Burgess’ best position in union with Bath viewing him as a back row, while England have identified him as a possible solution to their long-term problems at inside centre.

Corry, who won 64 caps in a distinguished Test career that ended in 2007, believes Burgess’ power game and offloading skills are best suited to the midfield.

“Bath want him in the back row and England want him in the centre,” Corry said.

“The danger is Bath may have the problems Andy Farrell had with his integration, whereby Saracens started using him in the back row before realising he should be playing in the centres.

“I’d like to see him play at 12 because that’s where England could use him and the position where he could be a game changer in exactly the same way Sonny Bill Williams is used by New Zealand.

“The problem is that Bath’s two centres are playing some phenomenal rugby.

“Do they leave out Kyle Eastmond for someone who is as yet unproven?”

England coach Lancaster is keen to let Burgess settle at the Recreation Ground.

“Obviously I’ve spoken to him during the period when we knew he was going to arrive here, but I’ll leave him pretty much to bed in at Bath,” Lancaster said earlier this week.

“I’m sure he’ll have one eye on our games, but I think he’ll need to get bedded in at Bath.”

Published: Friday 31st October 2014 by The News Editor

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