England get World Cup boost with Sam Burgess to return ‘earlier than anticipated’

• England forward Sam Burgess’s knee injury not as bad as first feared
• Wales were routed 50-6 by Papua New Guinea in their opener

Sam Burgess will be back from injury earlier than originally anticipated, England have announced.

The South Sydney forward was helped from the field with knee medial ligament damage 35 minutes into England’s 18-4 defeat by Australia in their opening World Cup match in Melbourne on Friday.

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