Sam Burgess has left rugby union side Bath with immediate effect and will return to South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Burgess left the Rabbitohs for Bath in 2014 having won the Clive Churchill Medal whilst helping Souths win their first Grand Final in 43 years. His decision ends his one-year stint in rugby union.
Just hours before news of Burgess’ league return broke, Bath’s owner, Bruce Craig, told the BBC: “Sam is with us for the next two years and is under contract,” said Bruce Craig. “No-one has come in for Sam.”
Bath gave Burgess time off to consider his options after being heavily criticised for England’s poor showing in the World Cup and, despite the club publicly saying that the Dewsbury-born player had not asked to leave, it now appears that Slammin’ Sam will return to the NRL.