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22nd July 2019, 18:47 | great_britain
Wayne Bennett has had his suspicions confirmed after taking charge of Sam Burgess every day.
He is a man who just lives to play rugby league.
The Great Britain coach has not been afraid of pointing out where the forward has gone wrong, notably during England’s 2016 Four Nations campaign.
But Burgess ended up captaining his side in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup final and is likely to be a strong candidate to pull on a Lions shirt for the first time in 12 years this Autumn.
Having only worked with him at international level previously, Bennett always had his suspicions about how the 30-year-old operates.
Now he is in charge of him at club level after becoming coach of NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs, they have only been confirmed.
Bennett said: “Sam puts it out there every day, it’s not something he hides.
“I see a very passionate Englishman, that’s what I see every day. He’s really proud of his country and loves the game of rugby league.
“That’s what he was brought up on. His father played and he’s lived every day to play rugby league.
“Nothing has changed with him and he’s a great ambassador for England.”
Burgess is not the only Englishman doing his country proud in Australia, he is not the only one in Sydney.
For Bennett also hailed the spirit James Graham has for British rugby league.
He added: “Whatever England has done over the past five or six years, a lot can be put down to those two.
“They’ve both really put their hands up and they make my job so much easier.”