Tom Burgess reveals the pain of his heartache from the Rugby League World Cup final in 2017, this year his bid floats for glory as the South Sydney star strives to get lucky with England for a third time
- Tom Burgess says 2017 pain is driving him at Rugby League World Cup
- Burgess was part of the England side that lost to Australia in the final
- Shaun Wane’s side are aiming to book their place in the final this weekend
- Burgess is hopeful he can win the World Cup on his third attempt
Tom Burgess says the pain of losing the 2017 World Cup final is driving his pursuit of glory this year.
The England prop is one of six players in the current England squad who were involved in the narrow 6-0 loss to Australia in Brisbane five years ago.
Now Burgess could be on the cusp of another shot at the Aussies in a final if Shaun Wane’s side takes on Samoa in Saturday’s semi-final and the Kangaroos beat New Zealand on Friday night.
Tom Burgess says the pain of England’s grief in 2017 is driving him to the World Cup
“You definitely draw from your past experiences in your career,” the 30-year-old said. “The World Cup final is something I look at and see as a missed opportunity. I certainly have that as a motivation.’
This is Burgess’ third World Cup, but his first without a sibling besides him. He played in the 2013 tournament with his twin brother George and his older sibling Sam, who captained the 2017 final.
But despite not having his family with him this time, Burgess has never felt more at home in a team in England. “It’s always been a pretty close-knit group, but this time something was off,” said the South Sydney star.
“We got quite a few new guys this year and it was my first time working with Waney so there were quite a few unknowns to me this year.
Burgess was part of the team that lost 6-0 to Australia five years ago at Suncorp Stadium
He has scored four times this time and hopes to get lucky in England a third time
“But it got better and better as we went along. From the outside it is striking how close we are.
‘We had a great time, but we also really did that from a business point of view.’
The giant front row was one of England’s best players in their run to the semi-finals, even scoring an improbable four tries. “If I score again this weekend, I might get kicked out of the first-rate union,” he laughed.
“But we don’t really recognize attempts in our assessments. It’s more about the little areas of effort that we do at the forefront. That’s what we’re focused on.’