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England Coach, Steve McNamara, this week praised his team’s bench, including Rabbitohs prop Thomas Burgess, for the impact they made to help propel England to victory against New Zealand earlier in the week.

After a slow start to the match, played in the early hours of Monday morning (Australian time), Burgess played his part for the ‘Wall of White’ by making some barnstorming runs with the ball In hand and also proving himself damaging in defence – at one stage even collecting former Rabbitohs hooker Issac Luke in one of the tackles of the match.

The efforts of Burgess, along with the rest of the England bench didn’t go unnoticed by McNamara, admitting that his replacements served to swing momentum in his side’s favour.

“I think our bench made a real difference,” said McNamara speaking to

“We were strangled in the first half – we couldn’t get any momentum to our attack and defensively we just never tackled together. We tackled separately and New Zealand were way better than us in that starting period.

“In the second half, the forwards really, really laid the platform – some strong performances from us and we’ll need to do that for a little bit longer next week and do it for 80 minutes.”

To watch some of the highlights from the match, including Thomas Burgess’ strong running – and his big hit – please click here.

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