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Burgess saga ends as he rejoins rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs

  • Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect
  • The Cross-code convert had two years left on a three-year deal
  • The 26-year-old was part of the England squad which went out of their home World Cup in the group stages.
Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect in order to return to Rugby League club South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The League convert had two years left on a three-year deal which was signed late last year, but will return to Australia to play for NRL side the Rabbitohs, his former club.

Burgess was part of the England squad which went out of their home World Cup in the group stages and was given time off by Bath coach Mike Ford after the disastrous World Cup campaign, but has now played his last game of rugby union.

Burgess, 26, had been playing at blind-side flanker for his club but was picked at centre for England against Wales in the World Cup and his selection sparked much discussion and criticism.

Bath had been certain he would remain in Union and, as recently as yesterday, owner Bruce Craig said: “As far as we’re concerned he’s with us and will continue playing for us.”