Rugby League

Sam Burgess stonewalls on NRL future

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.

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.

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