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Sam Burgess cranks up his feud with Rob Andrew about World Cup failure with tweets

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Squad selection for any tournament with any sport discipline is always a hot bed of discussion, and Rugby Union is no exception to this rule.

Back in 2015, England as a whole were hungry for a return to success on the World Cup stage, with Jonny Wilkinson's winning kick back in 2003 seeming like a distant memory, and reaching the final in 2007 being the closest they had come to repeating the feat since.

Unfortunately for England's players and fans, success for the tournament was not on the cards.

England fans are well known for the pressure they put on any of its national teams to be successful, it's demanded of them.

Unsurprisingly, being the hosts of the 2015 World Cup pilled yet more pressure on Stuart Lancaster and his men to lift the trophy on final day. Ultimately this pressure told, and losses to rivals Wales and Australia in the group stages meant that the whole campaign was seen as a catastrophic failure.

Naturally, people were looking for who to blame for this lacklustre performance on the big stage, and comments from former RFU director Rob Andrew have ignited a spat with a man who was in the England squad for the disastrous campaign.

In his new book, Andrew claims that the decision to select Sam Burgess, who had switched disciplines from League to Union, had caused a destabilising affect on the squad.


While on BBC Breakfast discussing the issue, Andrew said: "I think the issue was, and my big comment around it, is that head coaches get judged on their results and they have to make decisions around selection and Sam Burgess was a massive decision.

"And it's not just blaming Sam, it wasn't Sam's fault that he was picked to play for England. But it changed the dynamic of that squad going into a World Cup and head coaches live or die by the decisions they take — and we didn't get out of our group in a home World Cup."

Burgess has voiced his frustrations with Andrew's comments in the aftermath and after hearing the ex-RFU director's latest dig took to Twitter to post:

"I think Rob Andrew should pick up the phone and call me."

Whatever the rights and wrongs in opinion on the matter, what really caused the failure of the England 2015 campaign is up for debate and Burgess is clearly not going to be willingly singled out.   

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