Former NRL Player Sam Burgess (above middle) is set to start for England in Saturday’s crucial Rugby World Cup clash with Wales.
England coach Stuart Lancaster is expected to make several changes to the teams’ backline that defeated Fiji 35-11 in the World Cup opener.
An injury to outside centre Jonathan Joseph will see Burgess start at inside centre for the first time in his international career, with Brad Barritt shifting to outside centre.
Six Nations winning fly-half George Ford is also set to make way for Owen Farrell in a complete reshuffle of the midfield.
Ford was instrumental in England scoring a record-breaking number of tries during the Six Nations Tournament while Farrell missed the tournament due to injury.
The inclusion of Burgess in the starting line up caps an incredible 12 months for Burgess. This time last year Burgess led the South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first NRL Premiership in 43 years.
The match against Wales will have a big influence in which side qualifies from Group A, which has been called the ‘Pool of Death’, also featuring Australia. – Luke Cullen
Top photo from Eva Rinaldi’s Flickr photostream.