South Sydney Rabbitohs and their Hollywood star co-owner Russell Crowe will lose their prized asset Sam Burgess to English Rugby Union.

The Daily Mail have reported that Burgess has agreed to a cross-code transfer worth in the region of £500,000, and they say the deal will be announced once the 25-year-old's contract terms are sorted.

Currently, the Aviva Premiership club concerned remains unnamed, but the news of his departure will be a massive blow to Crowe and rugby league, and an equally massive capture for England ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, with Burgess set to move at the end of the 2014 NRL season.

In a recent documentary (video above) called 'Slammin Sam', Crowe described Burgess as the 'sparkly eyed man', saying he was a player that could inspire great things from the men around him.

Such feelings towards Burgess contributed to Crowe's decision to personally recruit the league forward to the NRL for the Rabbitohs in 2010.

However, after allegedly speaking to former league player and now union coach, Andy Farrell, during league's World Cup last Autumn, Burgess is said to be ready for a spectacular move.

He has been targeted by the England set up with a view to fast-tracking him for the Union World Cup next year.

The big man has excellent mobility and great footwork, and it's believed he will operate at inside centre when he arrives, which is likely to be at years end.

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