Freddie Burns battling to be given England No 10

Last Updated: 27/05/13 9:33pm

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Freddie Burns: Gloucester star wants England No 10 shirt

Freddie Burns: Gloucester star wants England No 10 shirt

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Freddie Burns is targeting the No 10 shirt for England's first Test with Argentina.

Burns is battling with Northampton fly-half Stephen Myler to start in Salta, and the Gloucester man was given the first opportunity to impress in Saturday's match with the Barbarians at Twickenham.

He took it with both hands, pulling the strings in England's 40-12 victory and scoring 20 points.

"Everyone is aiming for the same goal which is four wins out of four and that added responsibility is something I try and thrive on."
Freddie Burns

England's first tour match is against a South American XV in Montevideo next Sunday, when head coach Stuart Lancaster has already said he will give Myler a chance.

But Burns is in pole position for the first Test with the Pumas.

"Everyone is aiming for the same goal which is four wins out of four and that added responsibility is something I try and thrive on," Burns said.

Progression

"Hopefully I can keep growing and guide the team through a tough tour.

"I have a say in the way I want the game played and against the Barbarians we did try and get the ball to wider channels and boys were devastating out there.

"I was happy with my game management. We kicked when we should and we played when we should. There were lots of pleasing signs moving forward."

England scored five tries in total, with wing-men Christian Wade and Marland Yarde, Kyle Eastmond and Billy Twelvetrees joining Burns on the score sheet.

"I am very fortunate at Gloucester to play with young quick backs - and to come here they are even quicker," Burns said.

"You have to give the ball to them and let them do what they do. We all saw how dangerous they can be."

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