Burgess can’t fly out of Australia

Date published: October 8 2014

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Bath signing Sam Burgess won’t be allowed to leave Australia for up to a month after undergoing facial surgery.

Bath signing Sam Burgess won’t be allowed to leave Australia for up to a month after undergoing facial surgery.

Burgess fractured his cheekbone during the NRL Grand Final win for the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday.

The incident took place in the first minute in a head clash with James Graham, but Burgess remarkably played on.

However the injury meant that Burgess required an operation, putting a delay on his Bath debut.

Mike Ford told reporters at the European Rugby Champions Cup launch on Wednesday that Burgess will be grounded in Australia for up to a month before he’s given permission to fly.

“We don’t have a new date for his arrival yet. There’s no date yet but that’s not a problem at all,” said Ford.

“He was always going to have a rest after five years in that brutal competition.

“He’ll be very emotionally drained after that final as well.

“So we’re letting him stay there after his operation, he can enjoy a bit more time with his family, enjoy the celebrations.

“I think it’s important he smells the roses of what’s gone on over the last five years and he’s going to come over and learn the game.”

The setback will not do Burgess’s prospects of playing in next year’s Rugby World Cup for England any good, with limited time available to get him up to speed.

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