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Sam off to rah rah - Confirmed

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Widely reported that Sam Burgess wants to play rugby yawnion and this will be his last year at the Bunnies. Good money I suppose,but he`ll be leaving a great lifestyle in Sydney,has a beautiful home,three brothers and his mum all living here,so it`s a bit of a surprise really. Oh well,make the most of it Sam,you still won`t win the rah rah world cup if you`re selected for England,though I`m sure that ever increasing bank balance will more than make up for that.

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Sounds like really RU want him.

He's on to a good thing where he is. England RL would miss him.

The aussie telegraph has it as a done deal.

I hope its an exaggeration... but ...

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''It is between Russell and Sam to work out. Russell has gone out of the way to bring Sam and the family here and help get a job for his mum, but I am sure they would work it out. If a professional athlete wants to go and do something it would be hard to say, 'N, you have signed a contract and you have to stay here,' if he doesn't want to.''

Reads like he was back slapped by Farrell & his 'friends' are beating it up to the Sydney media :tongue:

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The Rabbitohs subsequently released a statement to club members saying they had not been approached by any party to release Burgess from his contract which runs until the end of 2016.

"The club has had no contact from Sam's management, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) or any rugby union clubs in the UK regarding a release for Sam Burgess from his NRL contract with the Rabbitohs," the statement read.

However, Souths owner Russell Crowe, who recruited Burgess to play at Redfern, is believed to be aware of an approach.

 

So, if Sam is on his way,  the cost to the buyer will be pretty big given his contract with Souths is until the end of 2016

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So, if Sam is on his way,  the cost to the buyer will be pretty big given his contract with Souths is until the end of 2016

 

Agreed not just the contract side but also all his family are in Oz plus a nice lifestyle - would you swap Sydney for a cold rainy day in Bath? (only for a s*it load of dosh).  

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Funny enough I really like Bath. I'd be happy to live there, especially on a nice day...

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Funny enough I really like Bath. I'd be happy to live there, especially on a nice day...

 

He must be Off his Head to want to swap the lifestyle he has for that dreary over hyped game.......The South of England is currently Flooded, England Rugby Union are currently playing Scotland...- I really have always disliked Rugby Union and no amount of money would persuade me otherwise

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Weather it is a done deal or not. The NRL has got to stop our players talking about and leaving our game for the other code. 

I am starting to talk about this more and more because i believe what i say is how to make and keep players loyal to our code. 

"Proof of Loyalty" is not some form of punishment, or some form of water torture, it is just a simple system that can allow our players at the top and bottom to feel a sense of loyalty to our code, instead of use off our code as a doormat, to come and go as they please. 

Proof of loyalty starts at the bottom, and our code has got to stop rewarding bad behaviour, that is the first lesson, and start rewarding players who have been loyal to our game. 

Even if the code has to introduce a draft so our younger players are not automatically put on huge wages after being caught bringing the code into disrepute. 

These young players be rewarded learn nothing, only that they can then use the code as a doormat, and even play another code against it to reward them even more. 

You earn little to no respect by doing this, and the NRL have got to stop this practise, and get themselves out of this rewarding bad behaviour system they are in. 

I am not talking about Sam Burgess, i think he should be rewarded and paid more to keep him in the game, a lot more than Dugan and Ferguson get paid, that's for sure. 

I also think we have got to stop other players talking about other codes. Your being paid to play our game, if you want to talk about other codes and build them up, maybe you should go play for them, because we are in the trade of trying to run a business, in which these, our own players, are talking up the opposition. 

 

If i worked in a law firm and a boss heard me talking to new clients how good the law-firm down the road was, he would soon dismiss me. 

If you have a problem or think the other firm is better, leave. It really is that simple and your own company keeps it's loyalty in tact.

Something our code has very little of, is loyalty to its players. 

It took the NRL 3-4 goes before they finally woke up and gave the face of the game to a loyal player. Instead of the use of young players, players with boots in both camps while our hard working loyal players looked on confused. 

 

You want to quickly earn a bad name, then show contempt to your hard working loyal workers, your company will quickly turn to mud, as the NRL has done over the last 10 years. 

Hopefully we are starting to see a change with the New Team at NRL HQ. 

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I don`t think a "Proof Of Loyalty" document would be worth the paper it`s written on,SBW walked away from his obligations a few years ago and after the Bosman football ruling,it`s clear that footballers of any code are entitled to play or participate (even walk away) in just about anything they want to. Rugby League will never be able to compete with the massive money that rugby union can offer and the last thing we need is a move away from the salary cap for obvious reasons,so I`m afraid the odd defection is pretty much inevitable and unpreventable. But so what? The game is more popular now than it has been for a long time and there`ll be plenty of good players champing at the bit to replace Sam Burgess or anybody else. Money talks,but sometimes loyalty to the code is more than that,so we`ll just have to wait and see.

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Well the story is true.

Sam Burgess is leaving RL to play Union with Bath, hoping to adapt well enough in that code to play in the Union World Cup.

He's leaving Souths at the end of the season as predicted.

Sam may be focused on the season ahead with the Bunnies but like all these fashionably early move announcements it's just taken the gloss of his season ahead for me.

He's another big name player who understandably is putting his career ahead of club or code loyalty.

Yes, he'll be missed, but like others before him any gap he leaves will be quickly filled once he's moved out of range.

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Not everybody thinks Sam took a pay cut to go to union ...

 

 

So when you tell them, Sam, that you’re walking out on a deal suggested to be as high as $1 million a season, with two-years to play, because you have got a $2 million a year deal with Bath, they’re naturally upset.

 

OK this is from a tittle tattle sort of column but still ... who knows really what is changing hands - it's private between the player/management and clubs - unless Sam decides to publicise the details.

As it is he's supposedly upset with the criticism he's had since news of his departure crept out and was later announced, especially from died in the wool Rabbitohs fans who welcomed him and his family with open arms.

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