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David Campese: I've got no idea who Sam Burgess is

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David Campese has admitted that he has no idea who Sam Burgess is, ahead of the 25-year old’s possible rugby union debut for Bath on Friday.

Burgess has only recently resumed full training after fracturing his cheekbone and Campese cannot understand the hype of someone who has yet to play rugby union.

Campese said: “Firstly I’ve heard the name, I don’t live in Australia, I live in South Africa, so I got no idea who the guy is, but I don’t know what the fuss is of a guy who has never played a game.

“He has played league, but this is a different game, but isn’t that the whole idea about a structure underneath to bring all these young guys through.”

Burgess will be keen to impress after joining the Premiership club for £270,000 from Australian rugby league side South Sydney in October, at the end of the National Rugby League season.

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The former Australian international also had his say on Danny Cipriani being omitted from England’s last squad and revealed that he'd probably pick the 27-year old if he was in charge.

“I think he is a great talent, the problem in rugby these days is that I think we need unpredictable players, we need players that people want to come and watch be like,” added Campese.

“I think that’s the excitement, I think that rugby’s changed a lot since it's gone professional. I think it is very league influenced, which I think is not good for our game.

"It’s all about defence, defence, defence. OK, defence is great, but the game's about scoring tries. It is about winning games, England showed they can do that on their tour a couple months ago and they can do it.”

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