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Folau backs Burgess code switch

13th February 2014 06:51

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Australian cross-code star Israel Folau believes Sam Burgess could make a big impact in Rugby Union if he switches from the NRL.

Burgess, 25, is reportedly considering crossing codes to link up with Bath and England ahead of the Rugby World Cup next year.

Burgess is contracted to the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL and a £500,000 transfer fee has been quoted.

Folau switched to Union before the start of last year's Super Rugby season and made a huge impact on the sport, scoring ten tries in his first year at Test level while also starring for the Waratahs.

With England looking to add Burgess into their midfield before next year's global showpiece, Folau believes he would have no problems making the switch.

"I really think he can, if that's what he wants to do," Folau told NewsCorp Australia.

"He has got a great work ethic, I'm sure if he's making the decision to come over that is what he really wants to do, and he'll make the transition, no problems.

"All the best to him, I think it's good for the game.

"For me coming out of league, it is a good game that I enjoyed, but when you're playing rugby it expands out to the world.

"You're going to different countries that I never imagined I would see or play in, different stadiums I wouldn't have played in if I was still in league.

"A World Cup is one of the biggest experiences you can get in world sport, that is something I am really excited about.

"For Sam, if he does decide to come over, those are the type of things he'll be experiencing if he is in the game long-term."

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