Reports in the Daily Mail are indicating that England rugby league star Sam Burgess will make a sensational code switch in time for the Rugby World Cup next year, as England look to fast track him into the squad for the sport’s showpiece event on home soil.
Burgess has reportedly agreed a deal to sign for Bath, with the transfer price allegedly in the region of an eye-watering £500,000.
The league star is contracted to the South Sydney Rabbitohs until the end of 2016, but was reportedly convinced to make the switch after talking with England coach Andy Farrell at last year’s Rugby League World Cup.
Burgess, who weighs in at 116kg and stands at 6ft 4, would add an obvious physical edge to England’s midfield – or back-row, if that’s where he ends up.
The Rabbitohs’ captain, John Sutton, said that losing Burgess would be a major blow both on and off the field.
“He is a great player. Ever since he came to Souths he has been a leader,” said Sutton. “He would be a big loss if he does go, but I don’t know anything about that.”
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