Fiji Time: 12:34 PM on Tuesday 28 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Burgess to start Bath career in the centres

Pa
Friday, August 29, 2014

LONDON - Sam Burgess will start his Bath career in the centres, but head coach Mike Ford still expects him to excel in the back-row.

South Sydney Rabbitohs star Burgess will trade codes for rugby union in October, joining Bath in a bid to break into Stuart Lancaster's 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.

England view Burgess as a natural centre, while Bath's aim to convert him into a loose forward raised potential tensions when the west country club completed his signing in March.

Ford believes Bath and England are now "on the same wavelength" about Burgess' transition from league to union however.

Bath footed the entire bill to buy Burgess out of his long-term South Sydney NRL contract, rejecting any financial assistance from the Rugby Football Union.

"We've got a plan for him now, but there's so many variables," said Ford ahead of Burgess' expected October arrival at Bath.

"Clearly we'll probably look at him in the centres first and foremost, let him learn the game from afar really."





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Fijians' test of faith
  2. Expensive destination
  3. 'No' to review
  4. Fijians can still be part of proposals
  5. Forum will miss Fiji
  6. Players fight for spot
  7. Police probe complaint
  8. Police warning for vigilantes
  9. Assault cases on the rise
  10. Man United down but not out in Champions League

Top Stories this Week

  1. Wrong body for burial Thursday (23 Apr)
  2. Hunt for terrorist Thursday (23 Apr)
  3. Children watch senseless beating Monday (27 Apr)
  4. Fatal night out Monday (27 Apr)
  5. Man found unconscious, pronounced dead Sunday (26 Apr)
  6. PM's office receives 1000 complaints Thursday (23 Apr)
  7. Rights over freehold land Wednesday (22 Apr)
  8. Principals fret over school meet Friday (24 Apr)
  9. Foreigners pick Fiji to tie the knot Thursday (23 Apr)
  10. Ba blacked out Wednesday (22 Apr)