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."
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