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Tuesday Aug 8, 2023

Former Bath Rugby star Sam Burgess returns to England as a coach

Super League club Warrington Wolves have unveiled former England Rugby League captain Sam Burgess as their head coach.

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Signing a two year deal, the 34-year-old returns to England having spent the bulk of his playing career with the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League competition.

Burgess would go on to play 180 games for the Rabbitohs and captained England at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

In 2014 Burgess announced that he would leave Rugby League for Rugby Union and Premiership club Bath Rugby.

Featuring in England’s torrid 2015 Rugby World Cup, Burgess played five times for England before returning back to Rugby League.

During his short stint in Rugby Union, Burgess played in the centres and backrow but never quite found his best position.

Upon his return to Sydney, Burgess became the highest paid Rugby League player of all time.

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Speaking about his appointment, Burgess said: “I’m pleased to confirm I will take on the role of Head Coach at the Warrington Wolves for seasons 24/25.

“From playing in the Super League to having the opportunity to lead an incredible club, it’s a full circle moment and one I am fully committed to and excited by.

“I want to thank Simon [Moran], Stuart [Middleton] and Karl [Fitzpatrick] at the Wolves for their courage and collaboration, as I look forward to returning to England to coach this great club.

“To Russell [Crowe], Blake [Solly], JD [Demetriou] and the stakeholders at South Sydney, thank you for supporting me in taking on this new position.

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“We still have an opportunity to play some great football for the remainder of the year and to do so alongside our current staff and squad, is my focus.”

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