One "Union" man who agrees that Sam Burgess should have been nominated for SPOTY is Brian Moore.
I heard him on Talksport earlier this week singing his praises on what an outstanding year he had just had at the Rabbitohs.
I used to think Moore was really up himself, but recently he has gone up in my estimation. Apart from Jiffy, he is the only commentator of either code who appears to genuinely enjoy both games and does not envolved himself in sly digs or patronising sounding faux appreciation of their rival sport.
Pretty much agree with you about Moore, but I think it's safe to say no-one would be nominating Burgess had he not switched codes. He's only become newsworthy in the UK sporting press because of the sport he now plays.