After an impressive season for the Aviva Premiership's Gilbert Golden Boot winner, a call-up to Stuart Lancaster's squad for the tour to Argentina gives Burns a chance to build on his single appearance for his country to date in the famous victory over New Zealand.
With the chance to take on a strong Barbarians team captained by club mate Mike Tindall, Burns spoke of his desire to develop his skills as an international playmaker and the pressures he faces as a fly half at Test Match level.
"I'm not a player to put too much pressure on myself, I just see it as a great opportunity.
"That added responsibility is something I've taken on at Gloucester this year, and it's a natural transition to take the role and guide the team through what will be a tough game on Sunday and then a tough tour to South America."
Burns couldn't have wished for a better start to his international career, after his involvement in the record victory over the All Blacks in the autumn of 2012.
However, injury meant the opportunity to play a part in the RBS Six Nations was extinguished - a time that Burns looks back upon with frustration at not being able to build on his performance in an England shirt.
"It was very frustrating to be part of such a historic win over the All Blacks and then to get injured. I really felt I could have that positive impact on the squad during the Six Nations. So, to get that injury was disappointing, but it's part of the sport and I just had to get my head down and work hard.
"I'm just happy I managed to get myself back fit and in good form to be selected for this trip and, hopefully, I can play my part and make this a successful squad".
Coming up against the Barbarians on Sunday is something Burns is relishing, with their style of play fitting with the flair and vision that Burns is a fine advocate of.
But he insists England don't have to fight fire with fire and create an open, expansive game in order for England's talented and exciting backline to flourish.
"As a squad we've been looking at a number of things all week; our structure, our game-plan and our detail. And, if we can execute these details at the weekend, then we feel that there will be opportunities for us and it's just about that execution as a squad.
"We don't have to adopt that style that the Barbarians play to be successful. We have to stick to structure and game-plan and take our chances when they come and hopefully it will end in a good performance and a good result."