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Sam Burgess to captain England in World Cup final as O’Loughlin ruled out

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Sam Burgess insists nothing will change as he prepares to lead England in Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup final against Australia after Sean O’Loughlin was ruled out through injury. The 28-year-old Burgess captained England in O’Loughlin’s absence in the 2016 Four Nations Series and will step in once more after the Wigan loose forward failed to recover from a quad tear suffered in last Saturday’s semi-final against Tonga.

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