England’s Tom Burgess: ‘Losing the 2017 final still hurts. It haunts you’

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The last active member of the Burgess clan is chasing Rugby League World Cup redemption for his family and for England

There is much more than national pride at stake for Tom Burgess over the next five weeks. For over 15 years, the prospect of an England squad without the surname Burgess has been unthinkable. But even Tom would be the first to admit that he did not envisage being the sole survivor of the clan going into this year’s World Cup.

So much has changed in the five years since England fell desperately short against Australia in the last World Cup final: not least in the Burgess family. That day, Tom shared the field with his older brother Sam. But he and Tom’s twin, George, have since been forced into premature retirement. The dream of the three brothers representing their country in a home World Cup together this year failed to materialise.

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Written by Aaron Bower
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/oct/14/england-tom-burgess-rugby-league-world-cup under the title “England’s Tom Burgess: ‘Losing the 2017 final still hurts. It haunts you’”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.