Bath to try Burgess at 12 and six

Date published: November 26 2014

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Sam Burgess could make his Bath debut against Harlequins on Friday and he is set to play at inside centre and on the flank.

Sam Burgess could make his Bath debut against Harlequins on Friday and he is set to play at inside centre and on the flank in his early games.

That is the word from Bath boss Mike Ford who said he believes Burgess is versatile enough to start out in union as a forward for Bath and then switch to 12 with England.

“The plan is to play him a couple of times off the bench as a 12, then the next couple of games bring him on at six – and just see how he develops,” he told the Daily Mirror.

“We might as well bite the bullet and put him in, that’s my thought process.

“No doubt Sam will get a few things wrong, but he’ll get a lot of things right.

“I have no worries about throwing him in either against Quins or Montpellier next week.

“But it’s Sam who’s got to do it so he’ll tell us when.”

Burgess sustained a fractured eye-socket and cheekbone in his final rugby league match for South Sydney Rabbitohs during their NRL Final victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs last month.

Last week Bath’s skipper Stuart Hooper told The London Telegraph that Burgess made a good impression in his first training sessions with his new team-mates.

“He has been quality,” said Hooper.

“I have been hugely impressed by him the way he speaks and the way he makes an effort with everybody to try to integrate himself into the squad.

“He is a great communicator and he is asking people things the whole time in his effort to learn.

“He’s a professional rugby league player from the very top of the game so he knows what its like to be in an environment where it is all about winning.

“You can see that in him.

“He’s desperate to get out there and he’s desperate to get going.”

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