Bath - Sam Burgess' long-term future in rugby union could be in the backrow, even though he made a low-key debut in the 15-man code as an inside
The rugby league convert played 17 minutes as a
substitute for Bath in its 25-6 win over Harlequins in an English league
match on Friday. It was his first action since playing for Australian
side South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL Grand Final on October 5.
was limited to two big carries against Harlequins, which appears to
have cemented Bath coach Mike Ford's view that Burgess could be a
"barnstorming back row."
"Personally, I think that will suit Sam
personally more," Ford said. "It's a gut feeling of mine as he's a guy
who carries and tackles a lot and I don't want to stick him out in the
center to do nothing."
Burgess will continue playing at center in
the early stages of his union career before getting a run in the
forwards, with a call-up by England for next year's World Cup the
"I think everyone's got an eye on the World Cup," Burgess
said. "I'm not going to be naive and dismiss it, but it would be stupid
to waste energy looking at that.
"I'm using all my energy to focusing on training here with the guys, knuckling down and working hard with my teammates at Bath."
Burgess said he was a "little bit nervous" when he came on at the Recreation Ground.
haven't felt that for a while," Burgess said, "but I enjoyed the
feeling and the adrenalin and once you get on the field you just enjoy
"It's certainly not an overnight transition and the
worst thing we could do is rush it. It was always going to be hard but
I've really enjoyed it and everyone's been open to teaching me things."