REPORTS | Luther Burrell set for Union return after Warrington release

Former England centre Luther Burrell is set to return to rugby union after he was released following a short stint with Super League side Warrington Wolves.

The centre, who was unlucky to miss out on the 2015 World Cup squad, asked for his release following a lack of game time.

“There has to come a point where you look at the situation honestly and ask: how much more can you take of this?” he said.

“I was doing everything I could but the opportunities just weren’t presenting themselves.”

Despite his lack of games, the 32-year-old is still confident that he can play at the highest level.

“I want to come back to union,” he said. “I’m so hungry. I’ll go on to the open market and hopefully someone will be fishing for a centre; 12 or 13.

“Just give me the call and I’ll be there tomorrow morning. My boots are already in the car.

“I’ve not forgotten how to play union in the space of a year. My final Saints game was against Ben Te’o, who was in the England squad and I scored with my first touch.

“I’m in better shape now, but if I have to go and prove myself somewhere on a trial for a couple of weeks, then I’m prepared to do that.”


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 10) Andy Farrell

Farrell earned eight England caps in a steady playing career in Union. He made a tryscoring appearance for England in the 2007 World Cup, but his achievements in League remained the biggest success of his career on the field, winning five league titles, four Challenge Cups and two Golden Boot awards (awarded to the best player in the world), in his ten-year career with Wigan Warriors.

The now 40-year-old has enjoyed a fine coaching career in his adopted sport, helping Saracens to the 2011 Premiership title before playing a key role in England’s growth, which has included his 24-year-old son, Owen, in recent years.

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