Sam Burgess Calls Out Former England Rugby Boss After Latest Jibe
Pick up the phone.
Sam Burgess has called out Rob Andrew on Twitter after the former RFU Director once again criticised him.
In his new book, Andrew claims that Burgess’s selection caused a ‘negative effect’ on the England squad as Stuart Lancaster’s men failed to make it out of the group stages at their own Rugby World Cup.
Andrews has continued to highlight the supposed negative impact Burgess had on the squad, with an interview with BBC Breakfast this morning.
“I think there’s been a lot of focus on the one page (of the book) on Sam Burgess — there’s a lot of other stuff around the World Cup,” Andrew told BBC Breakfast.
“I think the issue was, and my big comment around it, is that head coaches get judged on their results and they have to make decisions around selection and Sam Burgess was a massive decision. And it’s not just blaming Sam, it wasn’t Sam’s fault that he was picked to play for England.
“But it changed the dynamic of that squad going into a World Cup and head coaches live or die by the decisions they take — and we didn’t get out of our group in a home World Cup.”
“It was a massive risk, a massive decision Stuart took and it didn’t pay off.”
“He (Lancaster) did such a lot of good work and then a few decisions — and in the biggest tournament in our sport — went wrong in a home World Cup.”
In response, Burgess has come out on Twitter challenging Andrew to pick up the phone and discuss any issues he may have with the cross-code star.
I think Rob Andrew should pick up the phone and call me.
— Sam Burgess (@SamBurgess8) November 8, 2017