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Sam Burgess has signed for the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Australian Rugby League club has announced.
Burgess had switched codes to play for Bath, and featured in England's ill-fated Rugby World Cup campaign. The 26-year-old made 26 appearances for Bath, but had reportedly grown disillusioned with Union.
The switch comes less than 24 hours after Bath owner Bruce Craig stated that Burgess would be seeing out the remainder of his contract.
Castleford star Justin Carney is to join Salford Devils on a season-long loan deal, it has been announced.
Australia-born Carney scored 63 tries in 62 games since joining the Tigers at the start of 2013, including 18 in Super League last season.
He was suspended towards the end of the campaign for a breach of club discipline.
Super League champions Leeds have confirmed an interest in signing dual-code international Sam Burgess from Bath.
The 26-year-old Yorkshireman returned to training with the Aviva Premiership side on Monday after being given time off following England's disappointing World Cup campaign.
But Burgess, known to be unhappy in rugby union, has been tipped to cut short his stay in the 15-man code and return to his old NRL club South Sydney.
However, the Rhinos have also been linked with an audacious move and chief executive Gary Hetherington on Tuesday revealed for the first time that he has spoken to Bath about the availability of the former Bradford Bulls forward.
Burgess is just 12 months into a three-year contract at Bath but Hetherington says Leeds are willing and able to pay a transfer fee, especially after elite clubs voted this summer to introduce a marquee player rule into the salary-cap regulations to attract a higher calibre of player into Super League.
A product of the Dewsbury Moor amateur club, Burgess is a cult hero at Souths after defying a fractured cheekbone in the first tackle of the match to help them win the 2014 NRL Grand Final in his last appearance.
Wakefield have announced the retention of Wales prop Anthony Walker, who has signed a two-year deal.
Walker made eight appearances after joining the Wildcats from St Helens in June and is delighted to extend his stay at least until the end of 2017.
"I really enjoyed my time, especially working under Brian Smith who is an excellent coach. I'm looking forward to coming back in pre-season and work extremely hard."
Smith said: "We will see a slightly different Anthony Walker in 2016. His tremendous footwork in attack will be enhanced from his tough workouts in his personal programme throughout the off-season. He is one of many contenders for a spot in our forward pack."
Bradford have moved to allay fears for the club's future after being faced with a winding-up petition over an alleged unpaid tax bill.
The petition, brought by HM Revenue and Customs, was due to be heard at the High Court on November 30 but the Bulls say their legal advisers have begun the process of having the notice removed.
"It is our understanding the petition has been incorrectly lodged against the company," said Bradford chairman Marc Green in a statement.
"Our solicitors are now dealing with this and we expect to see the matter resolved - and the winding-up petition removed - imminently."
The Bulls have twice been in administration in the last three years and were relegated from Super League at the end of the 2014 season.
Wakefield have re-signed former Canberra centre Bill Tupou for 2016 after he made a big impact in the club's successful battle against relegation.
The 25-year-old was one of 10 new signings made by coach Brian Smith ahead of the Super 8s Qualifiers and impressed in his nine appearances, including the £1million shoot-out with Bradford that secured the Wildcats' spot in Super League for 2016.
Smith said: "Bill Tupou settled quickly into our team mid-season, largely based on his powerhouse running of the ball. With more time together with his team-mates in preparation, we are likely to have an even bigger and stronger series of performances from Bill."
Tupou, who began his career with New Zealand Warriors, said: "I'm very happy to have signed for a year here at Wakefield. It is a great time to be at the club."
A whole host of rugby stars have started a five-day wheelchair push from Bradford to Hull to raise money for people with spinal injuries
Sammi Petersen, 21, from North Ferriby, was left paralysed after a car crash earlier this year. But she has already defied doctors by being able to leave hospital months early than they expected.
She has now set up a charity with her brother Dave, who plays rugby with Sheffield Eagles, and today the likes of Keith Senior Robbie Hunter-Paul and Robert McLeod left Odsal stadium for a five-day, 86-mile charity challenge.
Helen Steel reports:
Keighley Cougars have released Daley Williams after he was suspended for four years for a doping violation.
The club can confirm that Daley Williams has been handed a four year suspension for a doping violation.
We remain firm in our stance against this sort of behaviour and Daley has been released with immediate effect.
Castleford Tigers have signed Warrington's prolific tryscoring winger Joel Monaghan on a two-year deal.
The 33-year-old Australian, who averaged a try a match in his 145 appearances for the Wolves, had been linked with Catalans Dragons and Salford after being released from the final year of his contract at Warrington at the end of the 2015 season.
Monaghan, a former player with Sydney Roosters and Canberra who won State of Origin honours with New South Wales and played for Australia in the 2008 World Cup final, was captain of Warrington in his final year at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
"I'm really excited. This is a team that are challenging for trophies and top fours. Cas are a very well coached side and they are a very good bunch of blokes. I know a couple of the guys but I'm looking forward to pre-season and getting to know the rest of them."
"Joel Monaghan is a high quality and experienced winger to add to our backline. He is a proven tryscorer with good leadership skills and I expect him to help drive our standards in 2016."