Burgess makes winning return to NRL

Sam Burgess

Burgess has made 14 appearances for England in rugby league and five in rugby union

Sam Burgess made a winning return to rugby league in his first competitive game since the rugby union World Cup.

The cross-code convert impressed for South Sydney Rabbitohs in their 42-10 victory over Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League.

The 27-year-old, who played for Bath and England in 2015, said: “It’s good to be back. I’m happy to get the win.”

Sam’s namesake Joe Burgess, a former Wigan Warriors player, scored two tries on his debut for the Roosters.

Sam Burgess rejoined the Rabbitohs after cutting short his time in union following England’s ill-fated World Cup campaign.

He was part of the squad eliminated at the group stage, playing in the tournament hosts’ crucial 28-25 defeat by Wales.

Burgess returned to rugby league because his “heart wasn’t in” union and he felt he was fighting a losing battle in the 15-man game.

He played 21 times for Bath after joining them from Rabbitohs in October 2014.

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