Burgess’ return pencilled in for February 20

South Sydney Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire has revealed that he expects Sam Burgess to make his return to Rugby League midway through next month in the friendly against Gold Coast.

Burgess will miss the high-profile NRL All Stars game, it was revealed after the forward returned to the sport from rugby union, but he is set to play on February 20 after Maguire confirmed that that he should be ready for that game.

“It will more than likely be the Gold Coast trial,” Maguire told The Daily Telegraph.

“Just with where his body is at, I have some great staff who have all the data on him before he left us to where he is now, he’s in great shape, but obviously to play our game you need to make sure your body is right.

“He’s coming off a massive break. He’s had a good break now. Sam and ‘GI’ (Greg Inglis) have both had good breaks, they’re fresh and bouncing around at training, and we need to utilise that going into the season.”