League star Sam Burgess linked with cross code switch
February 1, 2014
Sam Burgess is reportedly keen to explore a cross code switch to union © PA Photos
Rugby league star Sam Burgess has been linked with a crosscode switch in the Australian press.
Burgess, who played for England in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, is currently running out for the Rabbitohs in Australia but has reportedly been approached by England coach Andy Farrell to switch codes ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Burgess is contracted to the Sydney team until 2016 but reports in Australia's Sunday Telegraph claim Burgess is keen to explore the opportunity.
The Rabbitohs have, understandably, poured cold water on the rumours.
"There's been no approach from the English rugby union, Sam Burgess, his management or any English rugby union clubs about a release," Rabbitohs' CEO Shane Richardson said. "He's contracted with South Sydney for another three seasons."
Burgess' commercial agent James Erskine said he was unsure whether he will turn his back on league to transfer over to union.
"I don't know whether that's true or not, he gets approaches all the time," Erskine said. "At the moment he's got a contract with Souths, that's all I can say really.
"Whether or not someone approached him when he was in England during the Rugby League World Cup I don't know. He's playing for Souths this year. Whether Sam's had discussions with Russell [Crowe] about something else, I don't know."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd
Communication error please reload the page.
Glasgow Warriors have bolstered their options in the front-row with the signing of Rossouw de Klerk from the Cheetahs
Wayne Rooney is desperate to be involved in Louis van Gaal's first game in charge of Manchester United, according to assistant manager Ryan Giggs
London Welsh have brought in James Down from the Cardiff Blues who becomes the club's 24th signing of the summer
Eric Boullier insists Felipe Massa was wrong to point the finger of blame for his first-lap crash at Hockenheim at Kevin Magnussen and says the FIA report backs up his opinion
Louis van Gaal has hit out at Manchester United's pre-season tour of the United States and the "dreadful" distances they have to cover, saying the club is putting commercial commitments ahead of on-field success