RWC: Burgess Out Of England Squad


Sam Burgess has been left out of England’s squad for Saturday’s final World Cup Pool A match against Uruguay.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has made nine changes after the 33-13 defeat by Australia which knocked his side out.

Alex Goode, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, George Ford and Danny Care all come into the back line, with Owen Farrell switching to inside centre.

Mako Vunipola, James Haskell and Nick Easter come into the pack, with Chris Robshaw continuing to lead the side.

Centre Brad Barritt, who started against Australia, is not available because of an arm injury, while lock Courtney Lawes has not recovered from the knee injury he suffered against Wales.

Number eight Ben Morgan (dead leg) and scrum-half Ben Youngs (ankle) will not be fit to train fully until Thursday so both have been left out of the match-day squad.

Mike Brown, Jonathan Joseph, Joe Marler and Tom Wood all move to the bench, while Jonny May – taken off injured at half-time against Australia – drops out of the 23, along with Burgess and fellow replacements Rob Webber and Kieran Brookes, with hooker Jamie George and prop David Wilson drafted onto the bench.

England team: Alex Goode; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell; George Ford, Danny Care; Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, James Haskell, Chris Robshaw (capt), Nick Easter.

Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, David Wilson, George Kruis, Tom Wood, Richard Wigglesworth, Jonathan Joseph, Mike Brown.

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