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Burgess still in the mix for centre spot at World Cup

By Staff Reporter

Andy Farrell insists Sam Burgess is holding his own as a centre during England's inter-squad training sessions in Denver.

League convert Burgess is only being considered in the midfield for the upcoming World Cup, despite producing his best rugby as a blindside flanker for Bath last season.

England's high-altitude training camp in Colorado has given the management the chance to assess him in direct competition with his rivals for the four centre berths in the final 31-man squad, which is announced on August 31.

Backs coach Farrell insists the 26-year-old, who swapped league for union last October, remains in contention for World Cup selection.

"We picked him in our training group as a 12 so we clearly believe he can play there," Farrell said.

"He's given a very good account of himself so far this week. He's looked very comfortable in the centres.

"The competition is fierce in that position, but Sam's in the mix and doing very well."

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