Sam Burgess Blames “Egos” And “Selfish Players” For 2015 World Cup Failure

Sam Burgess England Rugby

The announcement of Andy Farrell as the new Ireland head coach after the 2019 World Cup has brought on plenty of commentary surrounding his time with England leading into the 2015 showpiece and with any conversation about that ill-fated tournament, the subject of Sam Burgess is never far away. 

For Burgess, he has often been used as a scapegoat for England’s failure to get out of their pool in 2015 which saw him utilised at centre, despite playing at flanker for Bath when he made the switch from rugby league.

According to Burgess, he has been the subject of tweets relating to the 2015 World Cup and as a result, has responded to those by laying the blame for the disappointing tournament on “egos” and “selfish players”

“I seem to be getting a few tweets regarding the Rugby WC in 2015…still,” Burgess tweeted.

“If people actually rewatched the games I participated in you will see I added to the team. What cost us an early exit was individual egos and selfish players not following our leader. Which essentially cost the coach and other great men their jobs.

“Tournaments are not won by the coaching staff or one player. It takes a commitment from the full group. I guarantee you this, I was committed but others had their own agendas. I have fond memories of my time in RU.

“And some great friends. One day I will tell my side of the story but for no,w I love watching @EnglandRugby and cannot wait to see them as they prepare for the 2019 WC in Japan.”

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Author: Sean McMahon

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