Burns loving England role
Mon, 27 May 2013 19:27
Hopefully I can keep growing
Freddie Burns says he thrives on the responsibility to marshal England in the pivotal No.10 jersey.
Burns, in the absence of Owen Farrell and Toby Flood, put coach Stuart Lancaster at ease as he starred in Sunday’s 40-12 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Burns scored a try in the first minute and slotted three penalties and two conversions for a 18-point haul in his first England start to announce himself ready for the flyhalf role.
With Lancaster and his 32-man squad departing for the three-game, two-Test South America tour on Tuesday, Burns said he will be looking to build on the performance against the CONSUR XV this Sunday.
"Everyone is aiming for the same goal which is four wins out of four and that added responsibility is something I try and thrive on," said Burns.
"Hopefully I can keep growing and guide the team through a tough tour.
"I have a say in the way I want the game played and against the Barbarians we did try and get the ball to wider channels and boys were devastating out there.
"I was happy with my game management. We kicked when we should and we played when we should. There were lots of pleasing signs moving forward.
"I am very fortunate at Gloucester to play with young quick backs - and to come here they are even quicker.
"You have to give the ball to them and let them do what they do. We all saw how dangerous they can be."
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