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Burgess dropped ahead of World Cup game

England's Sam Burgess during the England & Wales World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium, London. Credit: PA Images

Bath Rugby star Sam Burgess has been left out of England's squad for Saturday's final World Cup Pool A match against Uruguay.

The selection of Burgess in the 31-man tournament squad was a controversial decision at the time.

The dropping of Burgess is one of nine changes made by coach Stuart Lancaster after the 33-13 defeat by Australia which knocked his side out.

Gloucester stars Ben Morgan and Jonny May have also been dropped from the national line-up.

But in what has been pegged as a possible glimpse into England's future backline, Bath Rugby's George Ford has been recalled at fly-half.


Gloucester Fanzone to close following England rugby exit

The Fanzone in Gloucester will close this Sunday. Credit: ITV West Country

The Rugby World Cup Fanzone in Gloucester will close this Sunday, after England's failure to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament

Other factors were taken into consideration, however after discussions with local residents and businesses the city council has decided not to extend the Fanzone in the docks beyond the final pool game.

The Gloucester Fanzone is to close this Sunday. Credit: ITV West Country

Meanwhile the Exeter Fanzone is to stay open, despite the England exit.

Webb Ellis Trophy makes an appearance in Gloucester

Rugby fans took the opportunity to have their pictures taken with the Webb Ellis cup before today's match Credit: ITV News

The Webb Ellis Cup has made a surprise appearance in Gloucester.

Supporters of Argentina and Georgia and the Rugby World Cup in general grabbed a chance to get their pictures taken with the tournament trophy in in the city's Fanzone ahead of today's match at Kingsholm.

Argentina take on Georgia in Gloucester

Martin Landajo Argentine rugby player Credit: PA: Icon Sport

Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium hosts its third and penultimate match of the Rugby World Cup this afternoon when Argentina take on Georgia.

It's both teams' second game in Pool C. Georgia won their opening game of the tournament at Kingsholm at the weekend against Tonga while Argentina are looking for their first victory.


Burgess insists he's worthy of his England place

Sam Burgess in action against Fiji in the Rugby World Cup Credit: PA

Bath Rugby star Sam Burgess will start for England against Wales in the Rugby World Cup at Twickenham on Saturday night. His selection has been criticised by many pundits, who point to his lack of international experience since moving across from Rugby League last year.

But Burgess insists he's worthy of his place in the side.

England call up Burgess but drop Ford

Ford has given solid performances in early games of the tournament. Credit: David Davies/PA

It's hard to say which of the two decisions is the more controversial but England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, has decided to drop Bath fly-half George Ford to the bench for Saturday's world cup match against Wales and call-up Sam Burgess.

Ford has become the linchpin of England's back line in recent months - lauded for his attacking nous and creative vision. Yet he will be replaced in the starting XV by Owen Farrell for the crunch showdown at Twickenham.

Rumours of the move have received a media backlash in the last 24 hours after solid showings from Ford in the opening game against Fiji and the tournament warm-up games.

George Ford and Sam Burgess (right) at a training session. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Ford's Bath team mate, rugby league convert Sam Burgess, will start at centre despite only having played 112 minutes of international rugby union.

The final change to the starting line-up sees Gloucester forward replaced at number eight by Billy Vunipola after he lost his battle to recover from a knee injury.

Jonny May and Anthony Watson retain their starting berths, while Ford is joined on the substitute bench by Rob Webber.

Gloucester player suspended for nine weeks

Argentina's Mariano Galarza has been suspended for nine weeks for 'acts contrary to good sportsmanship'.

Mariano Galarza pictured here winning a lineout during the European Rugby Challenge Cup Semi Final at Kingsholm Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Gloucester lock was cited for gouging Brodie Retallick during the Rugby World Cup 2015 match against New Zealand on Sunday.

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