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Sam Burgess compared to former Prime Minister Winston Churchill

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Warrington Wolves forward Joe Philbin has compared head coach Sam Burgess to Winston Churchill, praising the way he talks to the team.

Sam Burgess, formerly of England and South Sydney Rabbitohs, is currently half-way through his first-ever season as a head coach, after experience as an assistant to now-sacked Jason Demetriou in NRL.

He’s guided the Wolves to a Challenge Cup final already, and has the team third in the league, level on points with St Helens in second.

In addition, he’s been linked with NRL head coaching positions heavily – such as South Sydney Rabbitohs and Parramatta Eels.

It has been a remarkable first campaign in the job, and Joe Philbin, speaking on The Bench Podcast with Jenna Brooks and Jon Wilkin, has hailed his managerial style.

He said:  “Obviously, he’s such a winner. Everything that he does, the way that he speaks, his team talks, everything, are so good.

“Honestly, he’s like Churchill, he is so good.

“Just gets you ready to go, the best I’ve ever had.”

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“We can do anything”: Warrington Wolves head coach fills players with confidence

Sam Burgess with a BBC Sport microphone during Challenge Cup coverage. Warrington Wolves

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Jon Wilkin added: “It fills you full of confidence as well.

You know when somebody walks into a room and they’ve got an aura on, they’ve got presence, confidence.

The thing that strikes me about Sam is he’s got inherent confidence and I’d imagine if he gives his team talk, he believes that you’re going to win.

He’s confident that he’ll go and win and give you confidence to go and do it.

Philbin agreed, noting: “That’s the word that you said there – belief.

“He’s got such strong belief, or makes you feel like he’s got such strong belief in the team and when he delivers like his talk, you’re like ‘yeah, we can do anything’.

“I feel like if you get a group of players, a group of people all believing in the same thing, then you’re halfway there.

“The mind’s very strong. That’s the biggest battle actually in sport, is belief.”

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