Rugby World Cup George Ford backs Sam Burgess to take chance

England fly-half George Ford backed Bath team-mate Sam Burgess to take his chances playing rugby union.

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England fly-half George Ford has backed Bath team-mate Sam Burgess to take his chances playing rugby union.

Burgess, 26, is among the contenders to make England's final Rugby World Cup squad, in what is his first year playing union.

Ford believes the former NRL star can become an asset for England, both on and off the field.

"I think he's definitely got the capability to play international rugby union," he said.

"His drive and motivation that he's got within him means he's definitely up for that challenge.

"He'll consistently get better and if given the chance, I'm sure he'll take it."

Ford said Burgess had no trouble settling in and believes more match practice will only lead to better performances.

"Sam has settled in brilliantly. He came over after the NRL season of winning that [with South Sydney Rabbitohs] and being the NRL player of the year," he said.

"He had a bit of time off to relax and get over his injury but ever since then he's come into the team, first of all at centre but now in the back row, and now he's loving it and he's picking things up really quickly.

"He loves living in Bath and being with the lads so I think the more he plays the better he'll get. He's inspirational to have around off the field, as well as on it."

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