After a lacklustre performance by Brad Barritt against Fiji, Sam Burgess insists he's ready to step into his place to start against Wales

Sam Burgess drew praise for his substitute appearance for England against Fiji on Friday night and the former Rugby League man insists he’s ready to play from the start against Wales.

Incumbent inside centre Brad Barritt put in an underwhelming performance in the first match after returning from a calf injury and could be in the firing line should coach Stuart Lancaster look to make changes.

Burgess replaced Barritt in the 61st minute and impressed with his direct running and willingness to thunder into contact and says he would be comfortable to start next Saturday.

“I enjoyed my performance and I thought I added something to the team,” Burgess told the Press Association.

“The boys before me had laid a great foundation so that we were able to come on and finish the job off.

“Yes of course I feel ready (to start), I feel comfortable. I’ve been around this group a long time now. We believe in each other and we believe in ourselves, that’s certainly the case for myself.

“You want everyone to do well and that’s the great thing about this squad. If I was handed the chance, then sure, I feel ready.”

Lancaster will name his side to face Wales on Thursday.