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Mike Ford tips Sam Burgess to earn England World Cup place

Bath Rugby boss Mike Ford believes that Sam Burgess needs just one pre-World Cup outing to prove his worth to England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Mike Ford has backed Bath Rugby centre Sam Burgess to cement a place in England's squad for this year's Rugby World Cup.

The 26-year-old remains a part of boss Stuart Lancaster's plans, having been retained in the 45-man training squad for the pre-tournament trip to Colorado.

Lancaster is due to cut his bloated squad down to 31 members by the end of next month, but Ford is confident that Burgess will remain a part of the fold should he be given a chance to prove his worth.

"Their next step is to get a shot in the warm-up games," he told the Bath Chronicle. "Stuart probably has 28, 29 players pencilled in already. The other three or four will get a shot in that warm up game.

"If [Semesa Rokoduguni], Sam and Kyle [Eastmond] do that, I'll be backing them to get into the squad. With Sam, he just needs to play. If he gets one warm-up game, I think he'll prove to Stuart that he's the guy to be picked."

Burgess only made his England debut last year, after switching codes from rugby league to rugby union.

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Bath centre Sam Burgess runs through the Sale defence during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath Rugby and Sale Sharks at Recreation Ground on March 6, 2015
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