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Sam Burgess out of England squad : Rugby World Cup 2015

by vlad on Вторник, Октябрь 6th, 2015

Centre Sam Burgess has been left out of England’s squad for Saturday’s final World Cup Pool A match against Uruguay.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has made nine changes after the 33-13 defeat by Australia which knocked his side out.

Alex Goode, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, George Ford and Danny Care all come into the back line, with Owen Farrell switching to inside centre.

Mako Vunipola, James Haskell and Nick Easter come into the pack, with Chris Robshaw continuing to lead the side.

Centre Brad Barritt, who started against Australia, is not available because of an arm injury, while lock Courtney Lawes has not recovered from the knee injury he suffered against Wales.

Number eight Ben Morgan (dead leg) and scrum-half Ben Youngs (ankle) will not be fit to train fully until Thursday so both have been left out of the match-day squad.

Mike Brown, Jonathan Joseph, Joe Marler and Tom Wood move to the bench, while Jonny May — taken off injured at half-time against Australia — drops out of the 23, along with Burgess and fellow replacements Rob Webber and Kieran Brookes, with hooker Jamie George and prop David Wilson drafted onto the bench.

Exeter’s Slade, who will make his World Cup debut, said the Uruguay match was a chance to «finish on a high».

«We want to be remembered for this performance and not the couple of performances previously,» the centre told BBC Radio 5 live.

The selection of Burgess in the 31-man tournament squad was a controversial decision after the dual-code international only made his Test debut on 15 August, against France.

He started at inside centre against Wales after a reshuffle sparked by an injury to Joseph, and returned to the bench against the Wallabies, coming on as a replacement for the final 15 minutes.

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