SYDNEY - Sam Burgess is looking forward to renewing hostilities with fellow Englishman and former roommate James Graham tonight.
South Sydney enforcer Burgess and Canterbury's Graham clash in the NRL preliminary final tonight at ANZ Stadium in front of a crowd tipped to hit 70,000.
It's a return to the venue where the pair had to be separated following a heated exchange in June when the Bulldogs beat the Rabbitohs 23-18.
Burgess charged at Graham with the ball after the referee had blown the whistle after an error from a re-start. Graham backed off when he heard the whistle but Burgess charged into the Bulldogs prop who responded with a shoulder and they had to be pulled apart.
"I think a lot more got made of it than what it actually was. I didn't hear a whistle and he did. It's all behind us," Burgess said on Monday.
"Me and James are really good friends - he was actually my roomie on the England team.
"James has had a cracking year for the Dogs. He's certainly adds a lot to their side. It's always great playing against the good players and the good teams."
As if the lure of a grand final appearance on September 30 wasn't enough for the two Englishman, they also have the chance to join a select group of countrymen to have played in a decider in Australia.