George Burgess misses out on England World Cup squad

George Burgess has missed out on the England squad for the rugby league World Cup.
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George Burgess has missed out on the England squad for the rugby league World Cup.

South Sydney prop George Burgess has missed out on a spot in England's squad for the rugby league World Cup.

However, his brothers, Sam and Tom, were both included in the squad named on Monday (Tuesday NZ time) along with five other players from the NRL.

 As expected, there is no place for Super League's leading fullback Zak Hardaker following his failed drugs test, which is expected to pave the way for Jonny Lomax to reclaim the England No 1 jersey.

​Hardaker's unavailability left a cloud over England's squad announcement for the World Cup, which takes place in Australia and New Zealand from October 27-December 2.

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Wayne Bennett, England's Australian-born coach, only included two specialist wingers in Ryan Hall and Jermaine McGillvary and two specialist centres in Kallum Watkins and Mark Percival.

Former Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins missed out after an injury-hit season in the Super League with Wigan.

Second-rower Ben Currie is a newcomer in the squad. He played for Ireland in the last World Cup in 2013.

England will fly out on Thursday for a 10-day camp in Perth, Australia, and will play a warm-up match against an Affiliated States team on October 20.

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The opening game of the World Cup is between Australia and England in Melbourne.

Squad: John Bateman, Kevin Brown, Sam Burgess, Tom Burgess, Ben Currie, Luke Gale, James Graham, Ryan Hall, Chris Heighington, Chris Hill, Josh Hodgson, Jonny Lomax, Jermaine McGillvary, Mike McMeeken, Sean O'Loughlin (captain), Mark Percival, Stefan Ratchford, James Roby, Scott Taylor, Alex Walmsley, Kallum Watkins, Elliott Whitehead, Gareth Widdop, George Williams.

 - AP

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