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England’s Sam Burgess set to revel in Rugby League World Cup final spotlight

Australia will be well aware that the 28-year-old enjoys nothing more than a challenge and has supreme track record in the biggest games

There is nothing, you suspect, that Sam Burgess enjoys more than a challenge. After all, this is a man who stunned rugby league at the peak of his powers three years ago by announcing he would be leaving South Sydney to switch codes, return to England and join Bath.

Burgess’s motivation was clear. With only a year to get accustomed to the rigours of union, he wanted to become a dual-code international and play for England in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Irrespective of what happened in that tournament – and, rightly or wrongly, the debate still rages over how he performed as England failed to make the knockout stage – the box was ultimately ticked, and Burgess moved on, back to Australia and the 13-man code.

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