Burgess back for England RL

Burgess back for England RL

England have recalled Sam Burgess to their squad for the upcoming Four Nations tournament.

The news signals the first time the 27-year-old has been included since returning to rugby league last year following his difficult spell in union.

Coach Wayne Bennett has included four uncapped players in his 24-man squad with Hull's Scott Taylor, Castleford's Luke Gale and St Helens duo Jonny Lomax and Mark Percival getting the nod.

However, there is no place for Man of Steel winner Danny Houghton, while Zak Hardaker and Joe Burgess are also among those to also be omitted alongside last year's captain Sean O'Loughlin misses out through injury.

The Four Nations gets underway next month and sees England meet Australia, New Zealand and Scotland in a round-robin format, before the top two teams go on to contest the final on November 20.

Bennett admits having Burgess back in the fold is huge for the sport, while he also says he has been impressed by the talent available to him.

"To have Sam Burgess back is not just a boost for England but one for the international game," the Australian said.

"There's some serious talent in this English side. I've always said that there wouldn't be too many changes and there are plenty of guys in the squad who worked hard in last year's series win against New Zealand who have gone on and performed in 2016."