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Tom Burgess during an England Rugby League Team training run before their quarter final match against Papua New Guinea at Lakeside Stadium Albert Park Melbourne Australia. Tuesday 14 November 2017. Copyright Photo. Brendon Ratnayake /

Competitiveness within families is a normal thing, whether it be during a critical game of Monopoly or backyard cricket bash.

It’s this kind of competitiveness that causes family tantrums and arguments, which take it from me, is extremely unproductive.

However, Thomas Burgess and his twin brother George have a different mindset when it comes to competitiveness, it’s a mindset that focuses on hard work, motivation and attention to detail.

Keeping in touch with his teammates back at Redfern Oval, Tom has been keeping track on the team’s training, in particular his brother George, who has also been in fine form during the pre-season sessions.

“We’ve been keeping in contact, there’s a new group now that has been set up and it looks like they’ve been training really hard,” said Tom.

“I’ve been talking to George and heard he’s been putting in the hard yards and was rewarded with trainer of the week. So it’s great to hear that he’s been going really well.”

While on international duty, Tom has been involved in all of England’s World Cup games and has been in inspired form since day one.

“Everyone’s feeling good, we just want to keep building on our performances each week and we feel like we’ve been getting there,” said Tom

“We’ve been happy with the way we have been playing, we’ve just got to make a few tweaks here and there.”

With Thomas and Sam proving themselves on the world stage, George getting a full pre-season for the first time in a number of seasons, the dangerous trio are working towards to being at their damaging best, which is an exciting prospect for any South Sydney fan.

“For the moment I’m pretty focused on what I have to do at the World Cup but it’s good to see the boys are training hard,” said Burgess.

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With the Rugby League World Cup now at the pointy end, the players involved in the tournament will finally get the chance to enjoy a long awaited break before getting back into off-season training.

Although Tom and Sam will be able to enjoy a deserved break after the Rugby League World Cup, the English forwards are looking forward to getting back to Redfern and getting together with the new structures and faces.

“Pre-season is always hard work but it’s also an exciting time where you meet new teammates and get the chance to build on new and existing relationships with the lads,” said Burgess.

“It’s an opportunity to learn and give each other insights, which I think is key to building a strong team ethic and effective working mentality.”

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