Rugby League has been dealt a huge blow today, as one of the biggest stars in the sport, Sam Burgess, has left for Rugby Union.
The 25-year-old will make his transition at the end of the current National Rugby League season, in a deal which has seen Bath pay his current club, South Sydney Rabbitohs, £270,000.
The transfer is not a surprise, with Burgess tipped for success in Union after impressing both on the club and international stage, with him being probably England's best player at last years Rugby League World Cup. His performance in this, which was staged in Britain, no doubt raised his profile to potential suitors, and he is set to embark on a journey made by many before him.
World Cup winner Jason Robinson made the transition in 2000 after winning the Challenge Cup, and went on to become an England great, winning the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup aswell as making 51 appearances for his country.
His current England coach, Steve McNamara told BBC Sport of his disappointment at Burgess' decision. "It is hugely disappointing. He is the biggest name we have in English rugby league and probably worldwide rugby league right now," he said.
"He did speak to me regarding all of it, he was very respectful in terms of that, which was good of him."
Burgess is to leave behind his three Rugby League playing brothers, Luke, Tom and George, in an attempt to achieve glory, and ends perhaps the most successful family seen in the sport.
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