Bath Rugby boss says Burgess will be ready for Saxons call up

Mike Ford, the head coach of Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Bath Rugby has said that he expects Sam Burgess to be ready for selection by the Saxons by the end of this month.

The 26 year old has made seven appearances for the Premiership club since he signed for them in October after switching codes from the Rugby League.

Stuart Lancaster, the head coach of the England national team will be making an announcement of the squad for the Six Nations this month but Ford believes Burgess will be named the England Saxons squad that will face the Irish Wolfhounds on January 30.

Speaking to a local radio station, Ford said that he believes Burgess will take it step by step. He added that if Lancaster is going to pick him, he will be picking him for the England Saxons squad. He will be able to see then how he does against the Wolfhounds and maybe then, he can draft him into the full squad.

Burgess couldn’t make the cross code switch sooner after he fractured his cheek bone in Australia but the Bath Rugby boss thinks that the delay hasn’t cost him.

He made his debut for his new club against Harlequins FC, coming off the bench and he has since made six more appearances for the club at centre and recently scored his first try for Bath against the London Wasps.

There have been calls for Burgess to be included in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup this summer and Ford has said that he has been very impressed with what he has seen.

The Bath Rugby highlighted how he played against the Leicester Tigers, a team full of internationals but he still believes he needs time before called up to the England side.

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