League return not imminent, says Sam Burgess

Former NRL superstar Sam Burgess has insisted that there’s going to be no swift return to Rugby League – and says talk of a move back to the NRL after the Rugby World Cup are wide of the mark.

Talk in Australia had suggested that Burgess could be set to move back to former club South Sydney, with speculation that Burgess is ready to switch codes for a second time and rejoin the club he helped win last October’s NRL grand final.

But he has denied that talk, and said he’s only focussed on playing for England in the 15-man code.

“I can completely deny it, there is no truth in it and I haven’t had a word from Australia. I don’t know where it has come from but it’s definitely not true,” Burgess said.

“I am not too worried really. If this story was meant to unsettle me, I’m not sure it has worked!

“Let’s just crack on because I haven’t heard anything. It is just a beat up story, so let’s put it to bed.

“Once I made the decision to come over, one of my goals was to play in this World Cup and it’s here now.

“For me I have just got to get out there and do my bit for the team and this country. I will give it my heart.”