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Revitalised Burgess raring to go
England fans will get their first glimpse of the new-look Sam Burgess when he plays in England's friendly against Italy at the Salford City Stadium on Saturday.
The former Bradford forward won the last of his 11 England caps against Papua New Guinea in Auckland in 2010 and it is four years since his last appearance on British soil, the 2009 Four Nations final against Australia.
Burgess, 24, believes the British public will notice a big difference in his game and says much of that is down to former Wigan coach Michael Maguire, his boss at South Sydney for the last two years.
"As a player, you're always looking to improve and I think my game has certainly improved over the years," he said.
"I've been fortunate in having a great coach at South Sydney in Michael Maguire. He's made me see the game in different ways and tidied a few things up which the players around you notice more than anyone else.
"I've been working on little things and, the more you play the game, the more you learn. It's been a while since I played for England and hopefully I can add a bit more to the squad than I have in previous years.
"I'm just looking forward to getting the jumper back on."
Burgess will be one of the first names on coach Steve McNamara's team sheet for next Saturday's World Cup opener against Australia at the Millennium Stadium and younger brother George looks a good bet to join him after being named NRL rookie of the year in 2013.
George's twin brother Tom is also in with an outside chance after making a big impression in his debut season with the Rabbitohs.
"George had been in Australia for two years before the start of the season and I always had my eye on him," Sam said.
"Last year he made a good impression in the few games he played so I always felt he would kick on and have a really big year.
"The biggest surprise is Thomas. How quickly he adapted to everything and how he got his head around the work ethic and our systems, he's a real credit.
"I think he's shocked a lot of people at the club, including the coach. He's been very strong and warranted his call-up to the England squad."
George will be one of seven players on the bench for the warm-up game against Italy while Tom will be playing in the curtain-raiser in Salford for England Knights against Samoa.
All three played alongside oldest brother Luke for the Rabbitohs this season and, although Luke did not make the England squad, it is possible the trio could line up together at some stage of the World Cup.
"We've all played together in Australia and it's a cracking feeling to play professional sport in the same team," added Sam.
"To play together for our country, singing the anthem and representing the nation will mean just as much if not more.
"All the family will be watching and will be so proud - hopefully we'll get a chance to do that at some point during the World Cup and we'll relish that moment if it comes."