Burgess to make international return in Four Nations

Sam Burgess

Burgess is in his second spell in Sydney, having first played for the Rabbitohs in 2010

Sam Burgess is set to return to international rugby for the first time since last year’s rugby union World Cup in the upcoming Four Nations.

Burgess, 27, will be named in England’s rugby league squad on Monday by new coach Wayne Bennett.

He spent 15 months in union, returning to Australia’s South Sydney Rabbitohs league side after the World Cup, where his England displays were criticised.

Brothers Tom and George are likely to join him in the England squad.

Hull’s Danny Houghton, rugby league’s player of the year, could miss out.

Houghton, 28, picked up the prestigious ‘Man of Steel’ award on 3 October but faces competition for one of two hooker’s spots in Bennett’s from Canberra’s Josh Hodgson, St Helens’ James Roby and Warrington’s Daryl Clark.

It would be the first time an eligible ‘Man of Steel’ was overlooked for international selection, although Huddersfield’s Danny Brough won the award in 2013, months after switching his international allegiances to Scotland as a direct result of not being picked by England.

Bennett, 66, is one of the most decorated coaches in the game and was named as Steve McNamara’s successor as England coach in February.

England have never won the Four Nations, which also includes Australia and New Zealand, plus one qualified team, this time Scotland. They have reached two of the four finals.

They play a one-off match against France in Avignon on 22 October before Four Nations matches against New Zealand in Huddersfield on 29 October, Scotland in Coventry on 5 November and Australia at the Olympic Stadium on 13 November.

The final is at Anfield on 20 November.

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