Rugby Union - Burgess untroubled by Carling criticism

(FILES) -- This file picture taken on August 15, 2015 shows England's centre Sam Burgess lining up before the 2015 Rugby World Cup warm up rugby union match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, west of London. Burgess, who will play for England in the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, has only played one national team match but draws wide attention from British media. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK (AFP Photo/GLYN KIRK)

- Sam Burgess said former England captain Will Carling had been in touch to explain his comments after he criticised the rugby league convert's selection in England's World Cup squad. Burgess said he was untroubled by Carling voicing his opinion that he wasn't ready for the World Cup. "I've spoken to Will Carling. He got in touch after he made his comments. Will's just passionate about England. He has his opinions and is entitled to them," Burgess said. "I just think you should never take comments personally. It doesn't affect me as a player, I believe in myself and the people around me... As a player I feel ready. I feel like a rugby union player."

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