Why Sam Burgess Can Make England's World Cup Squad

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Why Sam Burgess Can Make England's World Cup Squad
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The rugby rumour mill is being kept turning by one story, and one story alone at present.

Sam Burgess, the man around which the English rugby league side is built, is said to be on the verge of crossing codes for rugby union, according to BBC Sport.

Burgess, who, at age 20, upped and left for Australia's National Rugby League—the toughest, richest competition in the sport—has admirers every which way you turn. The 25-year-old currently plays alongside his three brothers for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, but is said to be close to swapping the sun and sand of Sydney for the Roman spas and ramshackle Rec Bath Rugby Club call home.

The West Country side was in the vanguard of bringing in league stars at the turn of the century, with Jason Robinson leaving Wigan for what became an illustrious career in union.

With the backing of the mega-rich Bruce Craig and the salary cap set to climb in the Aviva Premiership, the temptation to switch to the 15-man code is strong.

Throw in the carrot of playing in the 2015 World Cup on home soil having just played in the 13-man version hosted by England, and there will never be a more alluring time to consider making the change.

The sums all make sense, which leaves only one question: Is Sam Burgess good enough to break into Stuart Lancaster’s squad in time for next year’s showpiece?

The answer is yes, and here are four reasons why.

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