Sam Burgess‘s high-profile switch from league to union has been one of the season’s biggest talking points, and his arrival at The Rec sparked excitement amongst Bath and England fans, who will be dreaming of a Burgess-inspired England at next year’s World Cup Final.
The international rugby league player of the year spoke to Nick Heath yesterday at the home of the Aviva Premiership side, having been in the country for barely 24 hours, and it became quickly apparent that he is relishing the challenges rugby union will throw at him.
Despite not being expected to make his debut until December following a fractured cheekbone in the NRL Grand Final earlier this month, Burgess spoke of his excitement at learning the intricacies of the the new code as he fights for a spot in the Bath team.
On the issue of where in the line-up he will slot in – some see him as a centre in the short-term, but with the possibility of a switch to the back-row in the future – the 25-year-old suggested he would be letting Bath coach Mike Ford decide where best his unique abilities would suit the team.
And with less than a year until England kick off their World Cup campaign on home soil, in which he has already been touted as a possible tournament star, Burgess emphasised that his focus, at least for the moment, is on his transition into the Premiership.
If that transition is a smooth one, we could yet see him make a mark on union as he did so spectacularly in league. Just ask Russell Crowe…
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