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Burgess to skipper England in Four Nations

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs will captain England in the Four Nations tournament, starting this month.
Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs will captain England in the Four Nations tournament, starting this month. RICHARD WAINWRIGHT

RUGBY LEAGUE: Sam Burgess's return to rugby league has been capped by his appointment as England's new captain.

The 27-year-old South Sydney forward has been chosen ahead of former St Helens prop James Graham as the successor to Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin, who was last week ruled out of the Four Nations through injury.

In making the announcement England head coach Wayne Bennett said the South Sydney star "leads from the front”.

Graham is set to lead England in Saturday's international against France in Avignon because Burgess still has to serve a one-match ban carried over from the NRL season, but he will be back to captain his country for the first time in its opening Four Nations clash with New Zealand at Huddersfield a week later, on October 30.

Burgess, who led Souths this year when Greg Inglis was absent through injury or representative duty, has long been touted as a future England captain and, after being used as the face of the Four Nations in the RFL's poster campaign, will provide it with a public relations coup.

The appointment of Burgess, who is joined in England's 24-man squad by his twin brothers George and Tom, comes less than 12 months since he returned to rugby league following an ill-fated spell in rugby union.

Burgess, a big-money buy for Bath, spent just 11 months in the 15-man code but won five caps for England under Stuart Lancaster before cutting short his stay and returning to Souths on a three-year deal.

"It is a childhood dream to be named captain,” Burgess told BBC Sport.

"It really hit home when I spoke to my mum and she got emotional. My wife is over the moon even though she is Australian.”

He becomes the seventh captain of the national side in the past decade, during which time Australia has had just two men in charge.

Since Andy Farrell quit as Great Britain skipper in 2004 to switch codes, the job has been held by Paul Sculthorpe, Adrian Morley, Graham (in a temporary capacity), Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield until O'Loughlin was appointed by Steve McNamara two years ago.

Melbourne and Queensland hooker Cameron Smith, who succeeded Darren Lockyer as Kangaroos skipper in 2012, won his 45th cap in Saturday's 26-6 win over New Zealand in Perth and is showing no signs of slowing up.

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Topics:  england rugby league team four nations rfl sam burgess wayne bennett


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