Test Series

Burgess backs Te'o to handle England pressure

Sam Burgess has backed Ben Te'o to thrive on the international stage with England after earning his first call-up for the upcoming tour to Australia.

Te'o has only been playing rugby union since 2014 when he switched codes to join Leinster from NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs.

His performances have since earned him a switch to the Premiership with Worcester Warriors from the start of next season, but first he has England duty to deal with.

Burgess – who made a similar switch to play in the 2015 Rugby World Cup before returning to league – played alongside Te'o at the Rabbitohs, and he believes the 29-year-old can be a big success in the centre for England.

"I'm delighted that he's in the squad and I think he's enjoying playing outside Jonny Sexton," he told Fox Sports.

"He's been playing some good rugby and we keep in contact - I'm happy for him.

"He's going in there in a good frame of mind and I don't want to put any pressure on him but I'm sure he'll do well.

"He will face scrutiny from the traditional rugby people who don't like too many league converts going over but he's got a strong mentality and he'll give his best for the team."

Burgess is confident Eddie Jones' side will push Australia all the way in the three Tests, having been impressed with the new coach since replacing Stuart Lancaster.

He added: "It will be fierce against Australia and I'm sure Eddie will get them prepped - he has been very bold with who he has picked, especially in the pack, and I'm looking forward to seeing how we go."