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Sam Burgess: 'Individual egos' and 'selfish players' cost England at Rugby World Cup



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Sam Burgess has launched a surprise attack on some of his former teammates.

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Sam Burgess has launched a surprise attack on some of his former teammates.

Sam Burgess has blamed "individual egos" and "selfish players" for England's calamitous Rugby World Cup campaign on home soil in an astonishing attack on some of his former team-mates.

Rabbitohs forward Burgess crossed codes for his man of the match performance in South Sydney's NRL Grand final triumph in 2014 and he has joined the English club Bath with the ambition of earning a 2015 World Cup for England squad.

Then England coach Stuart Lancaster picked Burgess for the tournament but England suffered the first host nation to exit the World Cup at the pool stages after defeats to Wales and Australia at Twickenham.

Burgess and former England captain Chris Robshaw after their World Cup campaign ended with defeat against the Wallabies.

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Burgess and former England captain Chris Robshaw after their World Cup campaign ended with defeat against the Wallabies.

Burgess, who played in three of England's four pool games, was subject to heavy criticism in the wake of the disastrous campaign but the cross code star has, for the first time, expressed his views on a series of tweets defending his commitment with England, while claiming "others did their own agendas".

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"I would like to get some some tweets related to the Rugby WC 2015 … Still. If people actually rewatched the games I will see you added to the team," the 29-year-old said on Tuesday night .

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England captain Chris Robshaw and coach Stuart Lancaster apologize for the team's early exit from the Rugby World Cup.

"What cost us an early exit is personal egos and selfish players not following our leader." What are the essentials of the coach and other great men in their jobs? Tournaments are not coaching staff or one player by winning. .

"I guarantee you this, I was but others had their own agendas. I have fond memories of my time in RU [rugby union] and some great friends. "

It's unclear what players Burgess is referring to but his tired debut in response to further criticism of his involvement in England's campaign.

The Rabbitohs welcomed Burgess back

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The Rabbitohs welcomed Burgess back

England's coach andy Farrell, who were both sacked after England's early exit but the pair has since worked wonders in coaching roles in Irish rugby.

Lancaster has led Leicester to the summit of the European club game and Farrell has been widely acclaimed for his defensive expertise with Ireland's national team in their rise towards the international rugby, as well as the British and Irish lions, who fought back to level their test series (1-1) against the All Blacks

Burgess, who returned to the NRL with South Sydney, immediately after England's World Cup failure, said he would expand on his "side of the story" one day, adding that he was looking forward to watching his former team at next year's global tournament in Japan .

Andy Farrell was among the coaches sacked after England's World Cup exit in 2015.

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Andy Farrell was among the coaches sacked after England's World Cup exit in 2015.

"One day I will tell my side of the story but for now I love watching England and can not wait for them as they prepare for the 2019 WC in Japan."

English rugby internationals Luther Burrell and Richard Wigglesworth replied to Burgess and defended him in the wake of the criticism that triggered his scarthing string of tweets.

"Genuine b ……. that they are trying to hold you accountable!" said Burrell, who was left of the squad for Burgess, while Wigglesworth added: "Would not even bother replying to any of that … pal.The right people know!"

England lost against Wales and Australia in the pool stages. Burgess started against the Welsh

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England lost against Wales and Australia in the pool stages. Burgess started against the Welsh

Burgess was included in England's 2015 squad having won just two caps and he would have come off the bench in their opening World Cup game with Fiji, which England won 35-11.

Bath was largely used as a loose forward during the English Premiership season but England opted to use him in his midfield.

In the absence of center Jonathan Joseph, he was surprisingly selected to start on second five-eighth against Wales and England was leading 25-18 when he was replaced by George Ford – but Wales famously fought back to win 28-25.

Burgess returned to the bench for the pivotal pool match against the Wallabies and he appeared briefly in the second half as Australia won 33-13 to knock England out.

The Wallabies went on to reach the final but lost 34-17 to the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Burgess was part of the English squad at last year's Rugby League World Cup when England reached the final but they lost 6-0 against Australia in the decider in Brisbane.

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