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Scathing Sam claims ‘egos’ to blame for cup debacle

Scapegoat: Burgess tries to get past Wales’ Scott Williams during the World Cup PICTURE: GETTY

SAM BURGESS has claimed ‘individual egos’ and ‘selfish players’ contributed to England’s 2015 World Cup demise.

Cross-code international Burgess was part of an England squad that crashed out in the pool stage — the first host nation to suffer such a fate.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster and defence specialist Andy Farrell were among those who departed Twickenham in the aftermath.

In a series of tweets yesterday Burgess, who won five union caps for England in 2015 — including three at the World Cup — during a stint with Premiership club Bath, hit out following criticism on social media of his role in that tournament, after which he returned to rugby league in Australia.

Burgess, who plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL, tweeted: ‘I seem to be getting a few tweets regarding the Rugby WC in 2015… Still.

‘If people actually rewatched the games I participated in you will see I added to the team. What cost us an early exit was individual egos and selfish players not following our leader. Which ….Essentially cost the coach and other great men their jobs. Tournaments are not won by the coaching staff or one player. It takes a commitment from the full group. I guarantee you this, I was committed but others had their own agendas. I have fond memories of my time in RU.

‘And some great friends. One day I will tell my side of the story, but for now I love watching @EnglandRugby and cannot wait to see them as they prepare for the 2019 WC in Japan.’