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Sam Burgess stonewalls on NRL future

Rabbit in the spotlight: South Sydney forward Sam Burgess returned to Sydney on Monday night with brothers and Bunnies teammates, George, Thomas and Luke.

Rabbit in the spotlight: South Sydney forward Sam Burgess returned to Sydney on Monday night with brothers and Bunnies teammates, George, Thomas and Luke. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

A stone-faced Sam Burgess has returned to Australia refusing to commit himself to South Sydney.

Sam was joined by brothers Luke, Thomas and George on a flight from Abu Dhabi on Monday night as doubts over his long-term future in rugby league remain.

The South Sydney forward has been linked to a big money switch to English rugby union at the end of this season despite remaining contracted to the Rabbitohs until the end of 2016. Sam apparently wants to feature for England in next year’s World Cup. The quartet were given leave by the Rabbitohs  and returned to the United Kingdon for the funeral of a family member. All Burgess would say was ‘‘no comment’’ when asked about his future in rugby league and if he had any messages for his South Sydney fans.

No comment: Sam Burgess hurries through the terminal.

No comment: Sam Burgess hurries through the terminal. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Their mother Julie was on hand to greet her sons for the flight delayed by almost a hour before scattering when she noticed members of the media were taking photos of her and presumably warned Sam about the waiting press.

Sam led his brothers through the customs doors and they trailed behind him as he made his way to the airport car park. The Burgess brothers are expected to return to South Sydney training on Tuesday.

A transfer fee of up to $1 million has been mooted for the release of Burgess with a move to English rugby union club Bath his likely destination.

Bath coach Mike Ford described Sam as a “very good rugby league player”. “Recruitment is always ongoing,” Ford told London’s Telegraph. “Even when our squad is signed for this year, we’ll be looking at players and making notes about recruitment for next year. We are not going to mention anybody until ink is signed on the paper. But, of course, everybody knows who Sam Burgess is.

10 comments so far

  • I wonder if he thinks playing for Souths has added any value to his worth to the snobs game

    Commenter
    shamus qldr
    Date and time
    February 11, 2014, 9:35AM
    • I have mixed feelings. Players are only going to be footballers for a certain amount of time. So they have to make as much money as they can to secure their futures.

      But it can come at a cost. Matty Rogers and Wendell Sailor only had half the careers they had by going to rugby union. Particularly Rogers who was awesome for the Cronulla Sharks before he went to rugby and ate up he's best years playing for the Warratahs. Sailors best years probably past him by the time he headed to rugby union.

      Sam Burgess could be making the same mistake..........

      Commenter
      David
      Location
      Coorparoo
      Date and time
      February 11, 2014, 9:54AM
      • It's only money but it's a lot of money he can all ways come back to souths

        Commenter
        Michael
        Date and time
        February 11, 2014, 12:12PM
        • can't wait till he takes up boxing!!!

          Commenter
          barry
          Date and time
          February 11, 2014, 12:52PM
          • I'm not saying i can't be true but for gawds sake, they've just come back from a funeral.

            Leave them be, you vultures in the media.

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            Sam
            Location
            South Coast
            Date and time
            February 11, 2014, 5:14PM
            • Sam Burgess has effectively derailed Souths chances this year
              .
              All this talk about him defecting to "the game they play in hell"means that Burgess,argubly the Bunnies best player will lack the necessary focus with the constant speculation about his future.

              Commenter
              Rake
              Location
              parramatta
              Date and time
              February 12, 2014, 8:26AM
              • I don't think "Hollywood Burgess" has really thought this through!! He will be bored silly in rugby, thats if he makes it??? Long way from playing club stuff to a world cup

                Commenter
                Jimmyjack
                Location
                Hornsby
                Date and time
                February 12, 2014, 10:21AM
                • It will be interesting to see if he can learn the skills of Rugby Union, in so short a time. You can't blame him for chasing the cash (he is a professional player), however, maybe he should think twice about signing a contract for 4 years, next time.
                  Hopefully he gives Souths 200% effort this season, he owes them that at least!!

                  Commenter
                  The Joker
                  Date and time
                  February 12, 2014, 10:50AM
                  • If he goes to union he goes. I don't want to him too, but he has the choice.
                    If he stays i will be delighted.

                    Commenter
                    Red top
                    Date and time
                    February 12, 2014, 11:07AM
                    • Simple. Hold him to his contract. If he chooses not to play, tough. He still has to turn up to training, travel with the team and fulfill all his contractual requirements. He legally cannot play anywhere else until the end of 2016. I'm really sick of reading about this crap.

                      Commenter
                      The Dog
                      Location
                      Haberfield
                      Date and time
                      February 12, 2014, 12:42PM

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