Burgess linked with return to league

England's Sam Burgess during a Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham
England's Sam Burgess during a Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham
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RUGBY Union club Bath have given their England World Cup centre Sam Burgess time off to consider his rugby future - and a possible return to league, according to reports.

Burgess has not played for Bath since England made a World Cup pool stage exit earlier this month.

Although it is understood he is due to resume training with the Aviva Premiership club next Monday, a possible league return has been mooted.

No-one at Bath was available to comment although coach Mike Ford, a former Wigan halfback, has said previously that Burgess will remain at the club.

But rumours are rife that Burgess is close to agreeing a return to NRL club South Sydney Rabbitohs.