Burrell holds 'no grudge' against Burgess


After being left out of England's Rugby World Cup squad in favour of Sam Burgess, Luther Burrell says he holds no grudge against the former, who has since returned to rugby league.

Burgess' inclusion in Stuart Lancaster's party was met with a mixed reaction and England's subsequent poor performance as host nation of the tournament did little to silence the doubters.

After just one season with Premiership side Bath, having signed a three-year deal, Burgess announced earlier this month he will once again switch codes and return to league with former club South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.

But Burrell holds no ill feeling towards Burgess, who featured at centre in the place of the Northampton Saints man.

"I have got no grudge against Sam. He didn't put himself in the team," Burrell told BBC Radio Northampton.

"He had an opportunity of a lifetime and he was able to live that dream

"I had to get behind the team, stomach what happened and try to support them.

"He's gone back to a game he probably knows better and probably is better suited to. He's a fantastic icon in Australia and Sydney and he's going to be a huge asset in rugby league.

"I put on the TV and watch the NRL and get behind him and his brothers. He's a player that grew up not so far from me in west Yorkshire so we've known about each other for a while.

"For me it was about wishing him the best of luck, my issue wasn't with him whatsoever."