Steve McNamara: George Burgess has forced his way into the frame for England World Cup place
Last Updated: April 10, 2013 4:09pm
George Burgess' performances for South Sydney have impressed England coach Steve McNamara
England coach Steve McNamara says George Burgess has forced his way into the frame for a World Cup place.
South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Burgess, who moved from Bradford 18 months ago to join older brother Sam, has impressed with a string of fine performances in the opening rounds of this season's NRL.
The 20-year-old represented England Knights against Scotland and Ireland last autumn, alongside twin brother Tom, and McNamara revealed he is ready to call him into the senior side.
"He's done it in every round so far and, if he continues in that form, he's going to put himself in contention for selection."
McNamara on Burgess
"I've watched all of his games and he's playing extremely well," said McNamara.
"He took some gambles in his career - he decided to leave home and take himself out of his comfort zone - and he's worked extremely hard to put himself in the position he is in now.
"It's brought rewards with the quality of his performances. He's done it in every round so far and, if he continues in that form, he's going to put himself in contention for selection."
McNamara has selected a 30-man training squad from the Super League clubs but will be able to call on up to half a dozen NRL-based players in October. He plans to fly out to Australia after the Exiles game in June to bring them up to date with his plans.
Meanwhile, McNamara is waiting to find out if 18-year-old Ben Currie is to switch his allegiance from England.
The Warrington second row also qualifies for Ireland and declined to join McNamara's elite training squad at their recent get together.
"Ben qualifies for Ireland and England and he has a decision to make," McNamara said.
"He's not quite sure at this moment in time what his best opportunity is for this World Cup.
"Ben represented England at 18s and did a great job out in Australia for us last year. He will make some decisions and we'll continue to monitor him."