Sam Burgess set to stay in rugby until 2019 World Cup

Sam Burgess wants to stay in rugby until at least the end of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan according to reports, and wants the No.6 on the back of his jersey instead of No.12. Speaking to the London Times, Bath coach Mike Ford confirmed Burgess intends to extend his current playing contract for a further two years, a deal that would keep the former NRL star in the 15-man game until at least 2019. “The last conversation I had with him, he was going to extend his contract with us and he wanted to go for the next World Cup. He is going to play for us for the next few years. He loves rugby union, he is settled in Bath and he knows he is a six,” Ford said. Burgess has jumped between inside centre and the backrow since converting to rugby late last year, however Ford said he had no doubt where the 26-year old was best suited to play. “Proving he is an international back-rower is the big challenge now for Sam,” Ford said. “He’s always been a No 6 for us, no question. We’
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