“AUSSIE” Tom Burgess and Elliott Whitehead heard everything before this World Cup.
Australia? Big. New Zealand? Gigantic. Tonga? Sensational. Samoa? Wow. England? won’t do anything
But the Down Under couple is happy to let people talk about others as much as they want. Your testimony begins today on the field against Samoa.
South Sydney star Burgess – who’s been teased for his Aussie twang – and Canberra ace Whitehead take on or play alongside the NRL’s powerful forwards and electrifying defenders every week.
And try to tell them that Shaun Wane is also on the side of the Rans.
Prop Burgess said: “It’s fair to say they’re all being hyped up but we’re not worried about being the underdogs, we just want to go out there and play.
“We just go ahead and let our rugby do the talking. We are happy that all this can be said about all other nations.
“The last time I was here, we beat New Zealand in 2018. It’s still one of my fondest memories of the game.
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“To repeat that success at a World Cup after we missed it before would mean everything.”
The feeling of being overlooked is clearly noticeable, although they say they don’t pay much attention to it.
Back rower Whitehead, who left his partner in Australia with their newborn baby to play for his country, knows pundit Phil Gould said: “England can’t beat Samoa.”
However, he insisted: “We get that a lot. Everyone always talks about Australia and New Zealand when these tournaments take place, but we’re very confident that we can get the job done.
“Others may talk about Tonga and Samoa, but for us it’s all about us. The noise from outside can take care of itself and now that I’m part of the camp that belief has grown.”
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