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Rabbitohs welcome another Burgess bro

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TOM BURGESS, the last of the four English brothers to join South Sydney, makes no secret about his ambition with the Rabbitohs next season.

''Imagine all four of us starting in the same team for Souths - that would be something, wouldn't it,'' Burgess told Fairfax in his first interview since arriving in Sydney last weekend. ''It is definitely what we want to do.''

Besides Burgess, North Queensland have recruited Huddersfield hooker Scott Moore, Wigan hardman Gareth Hock is tipped to join Parramatta and Gold Coast have signed rookie Wigan fullback Matty Russell.

They will join England internationals James Graham (Canterbury), Gareth Widdop (Melbourne), Jack Reed (Brisbane), Chris Heighington (Cronulla) and Sam and Luke Burgess in the NRL next season.

In addition, Leeds forward James Davies will play for Penrith's under 20s team after impressing Panthers officials in an open trial and the Broncos have offered an opportunity with their Toyota Cup squad to French teenager Ben Garcia, who paid his own way to Australia and played for Queensland Cup winners Wynnum Manly this year.

Besides the NRL, English players are hoping to use the Queensland Cup teams as a way into the NRL, with 20-year-old Hull KR second-rower Dave Peterson (Mackay Cutters) and Castleford forward Steve Snitch (Northern Pride) joining a Cowboys feeder team.

Bradford's George Marchant (Ipswich Jets) and Hull KR's Louis Sheriff (Redcliffe) have also signed with Queensland Cup outfits, while Bradford winger Shaun Ainscough has joined Wagga club South City Bulls and Leeds rookie Danny Bravo (Thirroul) and former Salford pair Malcolm Alker and Lewis Palfrey (Dapto) will play in the Illawarra competition.

Potter, who coached for seven seasons in England, said the exchange rate made it attractive for players from the UK to relocate to Australia to play in the NRL.

''The increased salary cap in the NRL would also make a difference,'' he said.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/rabbitohs-welcome-another-burgess-bro-20121110-294vo.html#ixzz2BrZ1WwQW

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Be interesting to see if some of the "lesser lights" in the Queensland cup/Toyota cup get on and if any can break into the NRL.

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Andy Platts son plays for Sunshine Coast in Queensland Cup, he's from Wigan. Tim Sutcliff who played for West Bowling, Dewsbury Moor and Barla played a Queensland cup game for Souths Logan last year.

Also. I know of about another 10 other lads playing in various comps all over Queensland, NSW and Perth, all British lads

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