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Sam Burgess says individual egos and selfish players cost England at World Cup
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Sam Burgess says individual egos and selfish players cost England at World Cup


Sam Burgess made five appearances for England in rugby union

England’s early exit from the 2015 World Cup was the result of “individual egos and selfish players”, says cross-code international Sam Burgess.

England became the first World Cup hosts not to reach the knockout stage, after defeats by Wales and Australia.

Burgess joined Bath from South Sydney Rabbitohs a year before the World Cup, but his selection by coach Stuart Lancaster sparked much debate.

The 29-year-old said he was “committed” but “others had their own agendas”.

Former Bradford Bulls player Burgess was responding to the news Andy Farrell will replace Joe Schmidt as Ireland coach after the 2019 World Cup.

Farrell, himself a former dual-code England player, was Lancaster’s assistant coach during the 2015 World Cup. Lancaster resigned following the tournament, and successor Eddie Jones replaced his coaching team.

“I seem to be getting a few tweets regarding the Rugby WC in 2015…. still,” Burgess wrote on Twitter.