Following England's early exit from the World Cup and Burgess' omission from the squad to face Uruguay tomorrow, spurious rumours surfaced that the 26-year-old would end his stay in union, despite have two years left on his contract at the Rec.
But Ford spoke to him after the defeat to Australia and all was positive from a Bath point of view. Ford said: "We talked about it the last time I spoke to him – about staying on and extending his contract, going on to the next World Cup. He's loving it at Bath."
Burgess will play at blind-side flanker for Bath this season, not in the centre as he has done for England.
But Ford said he has had to shelve plans to get him more involved in the lineouts.
"It's easier to go from six to 12 than the other way round. You don't have lineouts or anything to worry about when you're playing in the centre. What we look at is what Sam can do, then we'll get him up to speed in the lineout further down the line."
Source: Western Daily Press
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