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Burgess Boys Bring Brits To Basecamp

Words: Andréa Mandadakis | Video: Dominic Rizzuto

It’s not unusual to spot some big Englishmen at Redfern Oval but this week it’ll be easier than ever as the English Rugby League Team prepare for their World Cup clash against Lebanon on the Rabbitohs’ hallowed turf.

Wayne Bennett’s men have settled in at Redfern Oval for the week, making use of the freshly renovated turf and excellent facilities.  

Rabbitohs and England prop Tom Burgess said that while preparation felt easier at the Rabbitohs base, it was also a good chance for him and his teammates to enjoy the sights.

“It feels like home back here in Redfern, it couldn’t be more like home and it’s good to show the boys around,” said Burgess.

“It’s been good. We’ve been around we’ve been in Perth and Melbourne so it’s good to be back in Sydney for a little bit. We only got in yesterday but we’ll show them the sights of Sydney.”

Burgess also gave an update on teammate Sam Burgess, who sustained a medial ligament injury in the opening match against Australia, confirming the hard-hitting forward would be back in action later in the tournament.

“He’s getting around, moving around and with the medial ligament he’s just got to be careful when he gets back into full pace and they’ll have to keep testing it and see where he’s at,” he said.

“We’ve got some great medical staff here and they’ll keep working with him and hopefully we can get him back in the semi-finals if not the quarter finals.”

Burgess will come face-to-face with his Rabbitohs teammates Robbie Farah and Adam Doueihi when their two teams clash at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.

Despite coming up short against the Aussies, Burgess was adamant that England would see victory sooner rather than later. Although he admits Lebanon will be no easy beats after their confidence boosting win over France on Sunday.

“We put a strong performance in, we just need to patch a few parts of our game up and we’re really looking forward to putting those things right against Lebanon who are going to be tough competition,” he said.

“Every game we go to we want to put our best foot forward and it’s what we’re going to be doing on Saturday, and in the game last night Lebanon really showed that they can stick it out through the whole game and that’s what will be expected of them.

“They’re not going to go away so we’ve got to keep working and do more of the same of what we did against Australia, but just tidy a few things up.”