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Burgess to start Bath career in the centres

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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."








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