It’s official – Sam Burgess will make the switch to rugby after being granted a release from the South Sydney Rabbitohs at the end of this season.
Burgess will link up with English Rugby club Bath on a two and a half year contract, with the goal to be part of England’s Rugby World Cup squad at the end of 2015. He’s also sighted homesickness as a reason to move back home. The forward has assured supporters that “I’ll give it all I’ve got – I won’t change a thing”.
There’s a chance that Burgess will return to South Sydney after his rugby contract is finished.
“South’s have got the first and last offer if I return to rugby league”, Burgess told South Sydney’s website.
Burgess is looking towards being part of a successful Rabbitohs season.
“We have a great opportunity in front of us now as a group and I’ll be doing my best every week to help us win each game and hopefully improve on what we’ve been able to achieve in the past two seasons.”
Today’s announcement ends weeks of speculation that Burgess would switch codes. If he gains selection in the English Rugby World Cup squad, Burgess may face Sonny Bill Williams at some stage during the tournament.
We said previously that one thing that Sam would need to improve is his discipline for him to make it at rugby. Rugby seems to have less tolerance to bad on-field behaviour than rugby league.
Now the attention moves to Cronulla Sharks’ Andrew Fifita and whether he’ll be the man to replace Burgess at the Rabbitohs for 2015.