Robinson expects Burgess impact

Sam BurgessJason Robinson believes Sam Burgess‘ natural talent means he has the potential to be a major star for England (7/2 – 2015 World Cup outright) at next year’s World Cup on home soil.

The 25-year-old is due to switch codes to join Bath at the conclusion of his NRL commitments with the South Sydney Rabbitohs and, despite only having 12 months to prepare, is expected to be fast-tracked into the Red Rose set-up to give him the best possible chance of playing in the global showpiece.

Questions still remain over where he will play in the 15-man game, with his club expected to try him out in the back-row, while Stuart Lancaster is thought to see him as a potential solution to the troublesome inside centre slot.

Robinson himself is one of the biggest names to have crossed the rugby divide, moving from Wigan to Sale in 2000 and made an immediate impact, playing for both England (13/8 – favourite Six Nations outright) and the British & Irish Lions the following year.

Billy Whizz also scored his country’s only try in the victorious World Cup final against Australia in 2003 and believes Burgess’ athletic ability means he will have no problem following in his footsteps by becoming a star in union.

“I’m looking forward to it. For me he is one of the best players in the world,” he said. “He has made a great reputation for being a big hitter. For him to come is great for rugby union – I have never seen anyone hit quite as far as him.

“Lots of people say he has only 12 months to prove himself. Well I came into Rugby Union in November (2000), in February I was playing for England and then in June I was playing for the Lions, so it can be done.”

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