Bath coach Mike Ford has rejected claims Sam Burgess will walk away from rugby union and return to league after the World Cup. Burgess won the NRL Grand Final with South Sydney Rabbitohs before switching codes in his ultimately successful bid to force his way into England’s World Cup squad.
However, Burgess has been dropped completely for England’s Pool A clash with Uruguay following their World Cup elimination and there have been reports he is set to return to league, with former side South Sydney and Super League outfit Leeds Rhinos mooted as potential destinations.
Ford says the speculation is wide of the mark and claims Burgess is committed to union and is eager to star in the Six Nations in 2016, with the next World Cup in 2019 a long-term target.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster has used Burgess as a centre but Ford feels the 26-year-old’s future is as a flanker.
He told the BBC: “Sam wants to go through to the next World Cup and he wants to do that with Bath Rugby.
“He knows he’s a six. We talked about a good goal for Sam would be that the next time he gets back into the England squad in January it would be as a six, as a back-row player.”
Source: best player.com
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