There are reports in the Australian newspapers this morning that South Sydney forward Sam Burgess is being targeted by England Rugby to compete at the 2015 World Cup.
News Limited says the Rabbitoh could make as much as $2million a year if he decided to try his hand at the code. This is despite Burgess not having played professional rugby. It’s said the enquiry came from an English rugby official during the Rugby League World Cup in England at the end of last year.
He is contracted to his current club until the end of 2016 with no get-out clause on his contract. There are suggestions that if Burgess made the move, he would play the year with South Sydney before moving to rugby.
Sam Burgess would follow in the footsteps of Sonny-Bill Williams and Benji Marshall as high profiled players to switch codes in the past twelve months.
One thing that Sam would need to improve is his discipline. In the past year he’s been in trouble for a ‘squirrel grip’ during a match against the Melbourne Storm. He also cleaned up Sam Thiaday in the opening match of last year’s World Cup. Rugby seems to have less tolerance to bad on-field behaviour than rugby league.
There’s no doubt that Sam has the skills required to jump codes. Week after week he continues to be one of South’s best forwards, leading from the front. Slamming the opposition in defence and difficult to handle in attack.
This is how the story broke yesterday
— The Mole (@RLW_Mole) February 1, 2014