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Bath's new star Sam Burgess ruled out for six weeks

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Rugby League superstar Sam Burgess will have to delay his union debut for Bath, after being told he will need surgery on his broken cheekbone, according to BBC Sport.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs man and England international got injured just six seconds into the NRL final against Canterbury Bulldogs, but continued to play the full 80 minutes.

It was Burgess’ last game in League, as he becomes another cross-code player, hoping to make waves in the more popular Union, where he is already being tipped to feature in the World Cup in England next year.

Strong-willed

Former Bradford Bulls star Burgess was hit hard just after the kick-off by ex-St Helens man James Graham, but soldiered on to complete the full game and pick up the man of the match award.

He became the first non-Australian to win the Clive Churchill medal, as the Rabbitohs beat Canterbury 30-6 at the ANZ Stadium.

The 25-year-old moved to the Southern Hemisphere in 2010, where he was later joined by brothers Luke, Tom and George.


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Bath made to wait for cross-code switch

He has since become a superstar and led the Rabbitohs, who are co-owned by famous actor Russell Crowe, to their first NRL title in 43 years on Tuesday.

Burgess signed a three-year with Bath earlier in the year, and was expected to make his debut in the LV= Cup, which kicks off in November.

He is expected to return to England on the 15th October, where Burgess will play at centre, but will surgery seeming inevitable, the former Great Britain international will have to wait for his first start.

Future international star

Despite not having played a single minute in union, Burgess is already been touted to earn a World Cup place in the England squad next year.

He will join a long list of successful players to have switched codes from league to union, including 2003 World Cup winner Jason Robinson, New Zealand star Sonny Bill Williams and Aussie Israel Folau, who also played in the AFL.

If the Dewsbury-born star does impress in the 15-a-side code, then it will not be surprising if he earns a call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand in 2017.

The injury will limit his impact for Bath this season, but it will not hinder his chances to become one of the best cross-code stars in recent memory.

Burgess has the talent and potential to become a great, having already earned praise from future Bath coach Mike Ford.

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