Burgess named England captain for Four Nations

Sam Burgess

Sam Burgess represented England in the 2013 World Cup

Sam Burgess has been named England captain for the Four Nations, 11 months after returning to rugby league following an ill-fated spell in union.

The 27-year-old South Sydney Rabbitohs forward was appointed ahead of James Graham, with Wigan’s Sean O’Loughlin ruled out through injury.

Burgess spent a year at rugby union side Bath before returning to league.

England play New Zealand in their opening Four Nations game on 29 October.

Burgess last played for England’s rugby league side in the 2013 World Cup semi-final defeat by New Zealand.

He switched codes to play in the 2015 rugby union World Cup, when England were eliminated at the group stages.

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England have never won the Four Nations, which also includes Australia, New Zealand and Scotland.

They play a one-off match against France in Avignon on 22 October, for which Burgess is suspended, before the Four Nations starts on 28 October.

After facing New Zealand in Huddersfield, England meet Scotland in Coventry on 5 November and Australia at the Olympic Stadium in London on 13 November.

More to follow.

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