Burgess excited at chance to grab ‘special’ win

Joe Burgess sets up another try for England
Joe Burgess sets up another try for England

JOE Burgess is hoping England can write their own history at the Olympic Stadium’s short history.

The national side face New Zealand gunning for a victory which would secure the series, with one game to go.

I wouldn’t say (the haka) was intimidating – if anything, it gets you up for it

Joe Burgess

Just three years ago, Burgess watched the likes of Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Usain Bolt win gold at the London 2012.

And he is excited at the prospect of playing at the same venue in front of a crowd close to 50,000 and a BBC-televised audience.

“I love the athletics and, during the Olympics, I got into all of that,” said the NRL-bound winger.

“It’s mad to think I might have a chance to play there.

“It’s already a special place for British sport and we want to add to that.

“Hopefully we can put our name in the history books as well.

“It’d be special if we could.”

Burgess played in the 26-12 triumph last Sunday to put England 1-0 up in the three-game series, and is set to hold onto his wing spot for this afternoon’s match.

“I’ll never forget facing the haka for the first time,” the 21-year-old said. “I wouldn’t say it was intimidating – if anything, it gets you up for it.

“This whole experience has been great.

“Last year I toured with England but didn’t get to play, and now, to pull on the shirt – it’s really proud for me and my family. If we can get a series win it’d be massive.

“It was disappointing not to win anything with Wigan this year and if we could get this win, it would certainly soften the blow.”

Burgess, who has signed for Sydney Roosters for 2016, used to play in the same junior team as his new England team-mate George Williams.

“To go from playing at Blackbrook for Ince Rose Bridge, to playing at the Olympic Stadium for England - it’s madness,” he added.

“We’re very close friends, and it’d be great to win something together before we go.”