I think in terms of attack they would be a great choice, it's more the defence I feel could be the potential issue. I admit they've done pretty well for Bath but International Rugby is a big step up. Could Ford, Eastmond and Joseph handle the likes of New Zealand? I'm not too sure. If Eastmond is going to be there I think having someone more renown for their physicality would be a good compliment to his distribution/flair. »
Possibly had that as a target, but I think a bit beyond his reach. What you say about Sonny Bill Wililams having to force his way into a well established back line is true. But, and while I'm not saying England's back line is anywhere near as established (I honestly feel that's what's holding us back, our forwards are more than well settled), I'd much rather have players there who have a better understanding of the game and SOME experience in International Rugby. I think Burgess is just too much of a gamble, would much prefer to have him in the squad when he reaches his potentially destructive best.
He's improving with every game, that's for sure, but still this obsession with him being in the England World Cup set up is ridiculous really. Let's remember that Sonny Bill Williams, who is a pretty useful Union player, spent 2 years playing in Toulon before he was ready to make a claim for the ABs. I have no doubt Burgess has the ability to become a great Union player but this hype around the speed of his development is unrealistic. Give the bloke a chance.