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won't make or break England World Cup bid

won't make or break England World Cup bid
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29 August, 2015

Sam Burgess in. Luther Burrell out. It was always Broncos Danny Trevathan Womens Jersey going to be a massive headline.
We all feel sorry for Luther but these are the tough calls you get in elite sport and in big selections are big careers made.
This decision doesn't make or break England's World Cup campaign though, certainly not on the field. What we don't know is how much of an influence Burgess might have off the field, and that is what makes it a big call.
It must have been an incredibly close shout and a gut instinct call by coach Stuart Lancaster. He knows Burrell well, having coached him at a young age, and most of Burrell's England performances have been good.
There is not a lot separating him and Sam defensively, though maybe hit-wise, Sam just edges it. But positionally and understanding the breakdown, trying to win ball, steal ball and clear players out, Luther has a clear advantage. Judging Sam on what we have seen, it is difficult to justify him taking Burrell's place.
Burgess has unrivalled mental toughness

Sam's Test debut against France at Twickenham Cowboys Chris Jones Womens Jersey showed he's picking the game up; he made some good hard offensive tackles and carried the ball as hard and direct as Luther has. But he still looks a little out of place at the breakdown, where it's not natural for him to look for the ball or quickly clear players out of the way.
That said, I don't think it is a massive risk England are taking with Sam. More than any other player in the squad, I think Sam has a mental toughness that is unrivalled. His make-up as a person is not in question. There is a lot to be said for that mental hardness and resilience and being able to take anything thrown at you in international rugby. It gives him an edge.
I think Sam's influence is going to be more as a squad member than a starting player. I don't see Sam as a number one pick at inside or outside centre, so I think his playing time will be limited. He will probably start against Uruguay in their final pool match, depending on how things have gone.
The first-choice centres will be Brad Barritt and Jonathan Joseph, and Henry Slade is more likely to be on the bench than Burgess because of the options he provides. So rightly or wrongly, I can see Sam being more influential off the field and in the group than on the field.
The biggest test of Burgess's selection would http://www.seahawksofficialnflonline.com/WOMENS_YOUTH_DERRICK_COLEMAN_JERSEY.html be if Barritt got a short-term injury and Sam had to step in against Australia or Wales or both while Barritt recovered.
That would be the real test of Lancaster's selection, because a fit Barritt is crucial to England's game-plan. Would he jettison Brad and rush Burrell back in as a replacement or rely on Sam to cover that slot and play Barritt's role?

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