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Sam Burgess: "Individual ego" and "selfish players" cost England at the Rugby World Cup



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Sam Burgess has launched a surprising attack on some of his former England teammates.

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Sam Burgess has launched a surprising attack on some of his former England teammates.

Sam Burgess has blamed "individual egon" and "selfish players" for England's unfortunate Rugby World Cup campaign at home in a surprising attack on some of his former teammates.

Rabbitohs forward Burgess crossed codes after his man of match performance in the South Sydney NRL Grand Final triumph in 2014 and he joined the English club Bath with the ambition to earn a seat in England's squad for the 2015 World Cup.

Then, England coach Stuart Lancaster released Burgess for the tournament, but England led to becoming the first host nation to finish the World Cup at the Pool Steps after defeat to Wales and Australia in Twickenham.

Burgess and former England captain Chris Robshaw after his World Cup campaign ended with defeat against Wallabies.

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Burgess and former England captain Chris Robshaw after his World Cup campaign ended with defeat against Wallabies.

Burgess, who played in three of England's four pool games, was then exposed to great criticism in the wake of the disastrous campaign, but the crossword star has for the first time expressed his views on what went wrong with a series of tweets that defend his engagement with England while He claims that "others had their own agendas".

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"I seem to get some tweets about Rugby WC by 2015 …. Still. If people actually collided with the games I participated in, you'll see that I'm adding the team," said the 29-year-old on Tuesday night.

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England captain Chris Robshaw and coach Stuart Lancaster apologize for the team's early exit from the Rugby World Cup.

"What cost us an early exit was individual ego and selfish players who did not follow our leader. It costs mainly coach and other big men their jobs. Tournaments do not win by coaching staff or a player. It takes a commitment from the entire group.

"I guarantee you this, I was engaged, but others had their own agendas. I have fond memories of my time in the RU [rugby union] and some good friends. "

It is unclear what players Burgess refers to but his tirade was launched in response to further criticism of his involvement in England's campaign.

Rabbitohs welcomed Burgess back.

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Rabbitohs welcomed Burgess back.

Burgess also appears to be defenders like Lancaster and former England assistant coach Andy Farrell, both of whom were dismissed after England's early exit but the couple have since worked wonders in coaching roles in Irish rugby.

Lancaster has led Leinster to the summit of the European club game and Farrell has become widely acclaimed for his defensive expertise with Ireland's national team in his rise to the top of international rugby, as well as with the British and Irish lions who fought back to level their test series (1- 1) against All Blacks last year.

Burgess, who returned to the NRL with South Sydney shortly after England's World Cup failure, said he would expand on his "side of history" one day and added that he looked forward to seeing his former team at next year's global tournament in Japan.

Andy Farrell was among coaches who fell after England's World Championships in 2015.

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Andy Farrell was among coaches who fell after England's World Championships in 2015.

"One day I will tell my side of history but at the moment I love looking at England and can not wait to see them as they prepare for 2019-wc in Japan."

English rugby international Luther Burrell and Richard Wigglesworth responded to Burgess and defended him in the wake of the criticism that triggered his shattering string of tweets.

"Real b ……. that they try to keep you responsible!" said Burrell, who was left by the trucker for Burgess, while Wigglesworth added: "Do not even bother to answer any of it's … pal. Right people know!"

England lost to Wales and Australia at the pool stage. Burgess started against the Welsh.

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England lost to Wales and Australia at the pool stage. Burgess started against the Welsh.

Burgess was in England's squad in 2015 and has won only two mice and he would come from the bench in his inaugural World Cup match with Fiji, which England won 35-11.

In the absence of center Jonathan Joseph, he was surprisingly chosen to start at fifty fifth against Wales and England led 25-18 when replaced by George Ford – but Wales famously fought back to win 28-25.

Burgess returned to the bench for the pivotal pool match against Wallabies and he showed up short in the second half as Australia won 33-13 to beat England.

The Wallabies continued to reach the final but lost 34-17 to All Blacks at Twickenham.

Burgess was part of the English squad at last year's Rugby League World Cup when England reached the final but they lost 6-0 against Australia in the Brisbane decision maker.

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