Rugby League - Inglis expects Burgess to cool it

Australia centre Greg Inglis expects his South Sydney team-mate Sam Burgess to work on improving his discipline after becoming the first player to receive a ban at the World Cup.

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Greg Inglis - advice for team-mate Sam Burgess

The former Bradford forward was branded a "thug" in one Australian newspaper following his high tackle on Sam Thaiday during England's 28-20 defeat by the Kangaroos in last Saturday's opening match at the Millennium Stadium, and Inglis believes Burgess needs to clean up his act.

Since joining the Rabbitohs in 2010, Burgess has been charged six times by the NRL match-review committee and he served three suspensions this season, including one for an infamous 'squirrel grip' on Melbourne centre Will Chambers.

"Sammy Burgess is a person who goes out and gives it his all," said Inglis at the Kangaroos' training session at Manchester's Sport City on Wednesday.

"From the look of it, it was a pretty nasty hit. A swinging arm is a swinging arm and there's no doubt about that.

"He's just a person who wants to do everything right by the team. But it's unfortunate that the last few weeks, it's come into his game a little bit. I'm pretty sure he'll look back on it and put it out.

"You can put it down to emotions, you can put it down to a lot of things. I've played with Sammy for the last three years and he's a player that you want to play with. But, in the end, he's representing his country and I'm representing mine."

England decided not to appeal against the one-match ban, which rules Burgess out of Saturday's sell-out Group A match against Ireland in Huddersfield.

Burgess says he will be using it as a positive, ensuring his body is refreshed for the rest of the campaign.

"I'll be sat in the stands watching and that's obviously disappointing," Burgess said.

"I would rather be out there playing but I'll try to look at it positively and give my body a rest and get ready for Fiji the week after, leading into the finals."

Thaiday appeared to show no ill-effects from the head injury when he trained with the full Australia squad on Wednesday but he will be rested for Saturday night's game against Fiji in St Helens. Coach Tim Sheens will ring the changes to give all 24 members of his touring squad a hit-out in the first two matches.

Forwards Josh Papalii and Boyd Cordner will make their debuts and Jarryd Hayne, Josh Morris, Daly Cherry-Evans, Nate Myles and Michael Jennings also come in as Sheens rests seven members of the side that came from 10-0 down to beat England.

However, there is no rest for skipper Cameron Smith while Inglis switches from centre to his club position of full-back.

The Fijians also made a winning start to the tournament, overcoming Ireland 32-14 in Rochdale on Monday, and Inglis is expecting a fierce battle at Langtree Park.

"They're going to be a tough, physical side, they always have been," said Inglis, who was in the Australia team that beat the Pacific Islanders 52-0 in the semi-finals of the last World Cup in 2008.

"It's not going to be an easy one. They really bashed each other on Monday night. We know we're in for a big physical game.

"Fiji are a side with all the tricks. They can pull our pants down if we don't show up and get ready to play."

Australia team: G Inglis (South Sydney); J Hayne (Parramatta), J Morris (Canterbury), M Jennings (Sydney Roosters), D Boyd (Newcastle); J Thurston (North Queensland), D Cherry-Evans (Manly); M Scott (North Queensland), C Smith (Melbourne, capt), J Tamou (North Queensland), L Lewis (Cronulla), J Papalii (Canberra), N Myles (Gold Coast). Subs: R Farah (Wests Tigers), A Fifita (Cronulla), P Gallen (Cronulla), B Cordner (Sydney Roosters).

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