Reports in the Telegraph this morning are indicating that the England coaching staff are poised to select Sam Burgess at 13 for the upcoming Irish Wolfhounds test.
The game is set to take place on January 30th, with Burgess believed to be one of several new faces in the side. The move comes after Burgess impressed for Bath during his sides 39-26 victory over Wasps in which he scored his first try for the club.
It is believed that Burgess could be set to start outside Exeter’s Henry Slade for the Saxons test. Whilst it was originally thought Burgess would come off the bench for the match, his recent performances may well have propelled him into the reckoning for a place in the starting XV.
England are believed to be keen on utilising Burgess’ powerful ball-carrying abilities, particularly in light of Manu Tuilagi’s continued injury problems. Meanwhile Lancaster and his team see Slade as a hugely promising ball-playing inside centre and are hoping to propel him into first team action sooner rather than later.
The Saxons squad is due to be announced alongside the Six Nations squad on the 21st of January. Further rumours are suggesting the coaching team plan to pair Luther Burrell and Brad Barritt in the centres during the Six Nations.
Do you think Burgess is ready for Saxons duty? Who should start in the centres for England during the Six Nations?