Burgess progressing well – Robinson

Date published: May 26 2015

Former England star Jason Robinson is impressed by the progress made by Bath's rugby league convert Sam Burgess since switching to rugby union.

Robinson was one of the first players to move from league to union and is rated as one of the most successful code hoppers ever.

He has first-hand experience of the challenges which Burgess – who has been playing at inside centre and blindside flank for Bath – is encountering and said he's delighted to see how well the former South Sydney Rabbitohs player has adapted to the 15-man game.

"I think he's done really well," Robinson told the Bath Chronicle.

"Going from league to union is difficult. Going from league to union and playing as a forward is even more difficult.

"I've never experienced it and I struggled to grasp the game from the wing and full-back, let alone being in that dark place the forwards go into.

"He's doing really well to hold his own in there after such a short space of time. It takes some doing.

"Every game is a learning curve for him. He can't play enough games because something different happens and you learn something new.

"He's had to learn on the go, which is the hardest because you're under everybody's watchful eye and you're constantly being judged, yet you're trying to learn.

"Sam's not had time to go off somewhere and learn or even just be in it. He's gone to a completely different game, and I know how hard that is myself.

"I think he's just going to get better and better with time, and once he's found the position then he just needs to keep hammering it.

"What a lot of people don't see at the moment is just what else he brings to the team; his experience, work-rate, humility and leadership.

"He does a lot of that, the players look up to him and likewise he's probably like a sponge with all of them, trying to figure out how he can be most effective in his new job.

"I think it's great for Bath, great for rugby union, and it's just a matter of time before he's in that England squad. So watch this space."