Burgess brothers' England call-up: Mum upset it's only three out of four...
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Luke Burgess will have had mixed emotions on Tuesday morning. Pride that his three younger brothers, Sam, Thomas and George, had been called up for England's World Cup squad, coupled with the disappointment that he had not made the cut himself.
The last thing the 26-year-old South Sydney prop would have wanted was his mum to go into bat for him. But, in the tradition of any parent who wants the best for their lad and rails at any perceived injustice, whether it is being left on the sidelines for the school dodgeball tournament or failing to get the nod for rugby league's showpiece event, Julie Burgess stepped in and spoke of her "heartbreak" at Luke's omission from Steve McNamara's England squad.
"As a mum you think you would be really excited that three of your sons have been selected. It's so disappointing that Luke's not in there. That was a heartbreak and I don't understand it," said Julie.
"He's dealing with it – which you have to do – but you have to understand it's such a huge disappointment to see all your brothers go back to England and not be part of it. It's really hard as a mum to know what to say."
Luke would no doubt be forthcoming with suggestions about what to say; and "nothing" would be pretty high up the list.
Julie Burgess is not all glass-half-empty over only three out of her four sons joining up with England and she believes that with the help of her brood – who all play their club rugby for South Sydney – McNamara's men stand a good chance of winning the tournament, which begins on 26 October with a game against the favourites, Australia. "The England squad that's been picked will definitely be in with a chance," Julie added. No doubt less of a chance than if Luke had been included.
Cristiano Ronaldo buys agent Jorge Mendes a whole Greek island as a wedding present
Premier League 2015/16 preview: Club-by-club guide to the new season
Pedro to Manchester United: Louis van Gaal says £22m winger can turn Manchester United into champions
Can Arsenal win the Premier League? Is Raheem Sterling the answer to Man City's problems? Can anything stop Chelsea?
Pedro to Manchester United latest: Pep Guardiola backs his Barcelona protege to shine at Old Trafford
- 2 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 3 A-level results 2015: UK exam board OCR admits it 'estimates' hundreds of pupils' grades after papers 'go missing'
- 4 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road
- 5 'Cool kids' can go on to become losers in later life, study finds
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality