Burgess calls for clean sweep of Kiwis
It's been a few years since South Sydney Rabbitoh Thomas Burgess has played in front of a Yorkshire crowd but come Monday morning (AEST) the barnstorming forward will be right at home when England take on New Zealand at Elland Road in Leeds.
Hitting the training paddock before the final game of the three-match series, Burgess has been loving his time with his fellow countrymen, as well as reliving some old memories out at Headingley Stadium, where he grew up watching English Super League Giants, Leeds Rhinos.
"I use to sit behind the posts over there, I remember almost getting lost here once and they had to call my name out on the loudspeaker," Burgess said.
"'Can someone please come and find Thomas Burgess he's been lost'.
"But its good, I always came down here as a kid, I supported the Rhinos, so it's cool to come train at Headingley and just get moving," Burgess said.
Whilst working out of Headingley, the match is being played ten minutes across town at Elland Road.
Not taking the game lightly, Burgess went the extra mile and did a little bit of reconnaissance ahead of the clash against the Kiwis, while also trying his hand at the round ball game.
"Well I scored a few goals on the field at half-time from the penalty spot so hopefully I can get over the line with a Rugby ball this weekend," he said.
"I've got some good memories down there so it will be a great experience and hopefully, we can really fill the stadium out and get the crowd chanting."
Having wrapped up the series win last weekend, Burgess and his teammates aren't planning on taking it easy in the final match as they eye up a potential clean sweep against what will be a resurgent Kiwis.
"It's about performing each week for ourselves and also for the families, our fans and the country we're going to be out there in front of a big crowd so we won't be putting in a below average performance the main focus for the week is just performing and everyone doing their job."