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Burgess confirmed returning to souths

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  1. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

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  2. Normie

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    Was it a coincidence that Richardson was over in the UK although he said he wasn't there to bring Burgess back to the Bunnies? Conflict of interest.........
     
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  3. castle eagle

    castle eagle Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    watch how quick the nrl find a loophole to get him into souths team without it costing them too much of their cap
     
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  4. HappilyManly

    HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/sam-burgess-leaves-bath-for-south-sydney-rabbitohs-effective-immediately/story-fni3fbgz-1227598161070?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A%20dailytelegraphnrlndm%20%28Daily%20Telegraph%20%7C%20NRL%29

    Sam Burgess leaves Bath for South Sydney Rabbitohs, effective immediately

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    The Daily Telegraph
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    Sam Burgess will return to the NRL with the South Sydney Rabbitohs after his brief stint playing rugby in England.



    SAM Burgess has left Premiership club Bath with immediate effect in order to return to rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs, the BBC reported Thursday.

    The 26-year-old had two years left on a three-year deal with west country side Bath.

    Burgess was a member of the England squad that recently became the first World Cup host nation to exit the tournament in the group stages, with coach Stuart Lancaster criticised for what many saw as his overly rapid promotion into the Test side.

    It was only last year, after helping South Sydney win the NRL Grand Final, that Burgess changed codes with the express ambition of playing for England at the World Cup.

    If confirmed, the end of his brief spell in union is likely to prove highly embarrassing for both Bath and Lancaster, whose position as England coach is currently being scrutinised as part of a Rugby Football Union review into the team’s woeful World Cup campaign.

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    The BBC report came less than 24 hours after Bath owner Bruce Craig said Burgess would be seeing out the remainder of his contract.

    “Sam is with us for the next two years and is under contract,” said Craig. “No one has come in for Sam. At the moment he’s with us and is in our (European) Champions Cup squad. We’re not in negotiations with anyone.”

    Only last week, Bath coach Mike Ford — himself a former rugby league player — was equally adamant Burgess would stay at the Recreation Ground.

    “There are no dramas here,” said Ford. “Everyone has put two and two together, seen him sitting next to (England rugby league coach) Steve McNamara watching his brother play rugby league.” But McNamara told Britain’s talkSPORT radio on Thursday: “I would be very surprised if he (Burgess) doesn’t go back to South Sydney.

    “He has gone from never playing rugby union in his life to being picked by England. He deserves a lot of credit.

    “Sam is very thick skinned. He will have been aware of some of the comments made about him. I don’t think the criticism Sam has received will have put him off.” Burgess’s selection for the England rugby union side was all the more controversial as despite Bath’s preference for playing him as a flank forward, Lancaster deployed him in the backline position of inside centre.

    His inclusion meant far more experienced centre Luther Burrell missed out on a place in the England squad.

    Burgess, who only won the first of his five England caps in a World Cup warm-up in August, made three appearances during the tournament proper, but only one start, and failed to make much of an impression Veteran Ireland centre Gordon D’Arcy produced a withering critique of his displays in an Irish Times column, accusing Burgess of embarrassing his teammates and saying he “doesn’t know how to play inside centre”.

    But ex-England centre Will Greenwood, a World Cup-winner in 2003, reacted to news of Burgess’s impending departure from the 15-man games by tweeting Thursday: “Am I hearing @SamBurgess8 has left Bath? If so rugby union has let the lad down.” Last month, after leaving Burgess out of his matchday 23 for England’s final and ‘dead’ World Cup pool match against Uruguay, Lancaster said: “I’ve not had any conversations with him about a move to rugby league at all ... My last conversation with him was about him going back to Bath.” Burgess, whose father died in 2007, is engaged to an Australian journalist.

    He will join brothers George and Tom, who signed three-year contract extensions at the Rabbitohs last week. His other brother Luke plays for Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.
     
  5. Ralphie

    Ralphie Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Burgess is a great player, no doubt, but just not worth paying $1.5 million for a lock no matter how good they are. I see this as good news because it will have serious Salary Cap implications for the vermin who will need to weaken other parts of the roster to pay for him.
     
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  6. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    So south's just scored a heap of free to air games it would seem.
     
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  7. Disco

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    Good to see him back in the NRL great player
     
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  8. Mark from Brisbane

    Mark from Brisbane Living the dream Premium Member

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    What cap??

    Remember some clubs don't have to have one.
     
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  9. Terry Zarsoff

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    In the immortal words of Gomer Pyle....Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!
     
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  10. Loobs

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    Good to see him back but they will have to release a few guys so the net effect is depth takes a big hit.
     
  11. HoldenV8

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    And Richardson was only over there for a RLIF meeting in Paris?

    Yeah, righto.......
     
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  12. sheridanstand78

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    His signing will make the vermin very powerful next year, no question about it. They are going to have to shed some players so maybe Walker will become available. If so we are going to fighting the whinging worms to get him it seems.
     
  13. Loobs

    Loobs I am not really Scott Penn Premium Member

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    Their depth and lack of grunt hurt them last year. They got a bump in grunt but will have to lose a couple at least to get this to work unless Richo has pulled a dodgey deal so most likely the latter and they will make some more signings because um they let Gift go so that freed up space.
     
  14. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    They'll need more than Burgess to save them. This will cause major salary cap pressure for them. The curse that comes with cutting Gifty has begun to descend on the Bunnies.
     
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  15. tookey

    tookey Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I got excited when I saw the heading as I thought that it was Liuke going back to souths.
     
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  16. Mark from Brisbane

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    And don't worry on a small screen coming to you soon, Izzy & Money Bill and if he stays on the practice squad the Hayne Plane.

    All will be snuck into their old clubs under sweetheart deals.
     
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  17. HappilyManly

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    Rabbids released Luke and Gifty, now we know why. @:cool:

    Shame about the UK rugby player who missed out on a World Cup just to accommodate fly in Burgess :cool:

    NRL need to introduce annual contracts, so we Fans don't get disappointed each time a Player goes/moved on early :lightbulb:
     
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  18. silver

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    FYI - Transfer fees are not included in the cap. James Packer will be footing the bill as part owner. $1.0m to him is nothing after the billions he spent on his new casino Stdio City in Macau. He paid Leonardo Di Caprio $32m for a 15min movie appearance.....
     
  19. Budgewoi Eagle

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    I like Sam. I think he's good for the game. And he belongs at Souths.
     
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  20. weev

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    The chance of Walker joining us has increased. Bunnies need cap room and a recent drug indiscretion might be enough impetus to release him, as I see it.

    Getting Sam back in the NRL is great news and I'm happy for Souths. Already looking forward to Manly doing some bunny bashing.
     
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