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Sam Burgess set to make European debut against Montpellier

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Sam Burgess is set to make his first start for Bath on Friday as they face Montpellier in the newly revamped European Champions Cup.

This will be Burgess' first start since his high-profile switch from rugby league. The 25-year-old joined the club in October and made his debut last month against Harlequins after recovering from a fractured cheekbone.


Burgess played as a forward in rugby league but it is expected that Bath will use him as an inside centre. Bath won 30-5 in Montpellier last weekend, the French side's sixth loss in a row and coach Toby Booth believes that it is the right time to integrate Burgess into the team.

Speaking to the BBC Booth said: "We want to rotate some of our players who have had a lot of game time and it will be interesting to see how he gets on for a longer period."


Bath need to record a victory, and ideally a bonus point, to have a chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds, they are four points adrift of second-place Glasgow Warriors in Pool 4 with three games left to play.

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The 25-year-old has arrived at Bath as one of the top names in rugby league, he was handed his Bradford Bulls debut in 2006 and played 79 First Grade games for them before moving on to South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia.

Burgess ended his time at Rabbitohs after 96 games with a 30-6 victory against Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL Grand Final, the side's first title in 43 years. He also became the first Englishman to win the international rugby league player of the year award.

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