England centre Sam Burgess has reportedly been given time off by Premiership club Bath to consider his future in rugby union as he ponders a return to rugby league.
According to the BBC, speculation has increased in Australia that the 26-year-old rugby league convert is going to return to his former NRL club, the South Sydney Rabbitohs, where his two brothers – Tom and George – have both signed contract extensions.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s Alastair Eykyn claims Burgess is expected to make a decision on his future in the coming days.
Despite being played as a No 6 by his club, Stuart Lancaster picked him at centre for the recent World Cup and when England failed to progress from the group stage, Burgess was unfairly seen as the embodiment of all that had gone wrong.
Speaking about Burgess’s move to union, former England scrum-half Matt Dawson told BBC Radio 5 Live: “He’s been let down by whoever is responsible for sowing the seed in his mind that he could achieve what he has in rugby league.
“He is one of the greatest rugby league players to ever play the game but to have the confidence, verging on arrogance, to suggest that he could do the same in a completely different game, in a decision-making position, has been shown up.
“Whether he stays or not, it is another dirty chapter in the story that is not really his making.
“If I was in his position – given the choice of being a superstar rugby league player or tried week in week out in rugby union – I know what I would do.”