Ben Te'o: I can succeed where Sam Burgess failed

Ben Te'o training with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014. Photo / Getty Images
Ben Te'o training with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014. Photo / Getty Images

Ben Te'o is confident he can make a big impact in England's midfield, and succeed where Sam Burgess failed, as rumours that Eddie Jones will look to fast-track the rugby league convert into his squad for the summer tour to Australia continue to gather pace.

Te'o, the New Zealander of Samoan extraction with an English mother, is joining Worcester from Irish giants Leinster at the end of this season as a means of furthering his ambition to wear the Red Rose at Test level.

And the 29-year-old, who played with Burgess at the South Sydney Rabbitohs and crossed codes at the same time as the former Bath and England flop, feels his apprenticeship with Leinster in the 15-man game away from the limelight means he will be able to hit the ground running should he receive an England call.

"I really put in a lot of hard work in games and on the training paddock," Te'o told the Irish Independent.

"I think that's the only way, playing games.

"I had lot more experience (than Burgess), learning all the steps, he went in pretty early, didn't he? He was also playing two positions at once, so I can see how that would have been very difficult.

"It was pretty important to come to a club like this (Leinster) with so much experience, guys who have won things, for them to be so good to me.

"I came in and there were probably some guys looking over their shoulder thinking, 'I don't know about this guy', but they all helped me and I'd have to say that 80 per cent of all things I've learned in rugby union have come from my team-mates giving me little tips. That's where most of my learning has come from."

Te'o has also admitted he is in contact with England coach Jones.

"Ah, there's been a couple of texts here and there," he added. "It's nice he's shown a little bit of interest. It is nice to be mentioned. I don't feel right now it has changed my thinking at all. Look I have got two regular-season games to go, then the final series. If something happens it happens, if it doesn't it doesn't. There is just another step forward."

- Daily Telegraph UK

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