Rob Burrow says France's powerful pack can test England

Last Updated: 01/11/12 3:35pm

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Rob Burrow expects France to provide England with a much sterner test than Wales did in Wrexham last weekend.

Steve McNamara's men opened the autumn international series with a 14-try romp against Wales but Leeds hooker Burrow says the Catalan Dragons-dominated France side are a far more daunting prospect.

"The French are improving every year," said Burrow. "Super League is really benefiting them, certainly in the pack, where they've some really big, physical and dominant people.

"That's going to be an obvious part of their game but our big guys are up to the task.

"We're really looking forward to it. We were happy with our performance against Wales, but we need to raise the bar and keep improving as a team."

Burrow has re-invented himself as hooker to force his way back into the both the Rhinos and England teams after finding the competition tough for his regular half-back role.

The 30-year-old faces competition from Michael McIlorum for a place this weekend but says he would be happy to play in any position if it gives him the chance to represent his country.

"I'm willing to play anywhere for England," he said. "I just want to be involved in the 17. To represent your country is an absolute honour. If I was picked at prop, I'd try and do my best at that.

"If I can play any role in this international side then I'm happy with that. Whether I start or come off bench, I'll do my best for the country."

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