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Burgess could make Bath debut tomorrow night

Bath rugby have named new signing Sam Burgess among the replacements for this Friday's match with Harlequins at the Rec.

Burgess could make his first appearance in competitive rugby union Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 25 year old arrived at the club a month ago but only recently returned to training having fractured a cheekbone in his final rugby league game in Australia.

See the full press release from Bath Rugby.

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Burgess says Bath will be a "cracking experience"

Former Rugby League star Sam Burgess has signed a three-year-contract with Bath. He says it is going to be an "exciting couple of years" and his first impressions of the city are good.

I had a little walk around the city this morning - it's a beautiful place, it's absolutely stunning. I've not spent a lot of time down here in the south (of England) but for now... what I've seen of it and the people I've met, it's been fantastic. It's going to be a cracking experience I can tell.

– Sam Burgess

You can see Matthias Kurth's full interview with "Slammin' Sam" here:

Sam Burgess pulls on a Bath shirt for the first time

Sam Burgess appears at the Rec for the first time Credit: ITV News

Rugby League star Sam Burgess has made the switch to Rugby Union. He signed a three year contract with Bath but his start was delayed while he recovered after fracturing his cheekbone and eye socket in the NRL Grand Final.

Burgess, who's 25, was hurt six seconds into the match, his last league game before switching from League to Union, but played on to help South Sydney Rabbitohs win the title.

He was at the Rec this morning, wearing a Bath shirt and meeting the media for the first time.

Here's a brief clip of the moment Slammin' Sam posed for the cameras.

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Bath Rugby release Burgess trailer

Bath's new signing Sam Burgess will be on his way to The Rec later this month. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive

Bath Rugby Club have released a movie style trailer for their box office signing Sam Burgess.

It's the first in a series of short countdown videos.

The English Rugby League star will switch codes in a few weeks when he arrives at his new club.

Bath completed his signing back in March, when they bought the 24-year-old out of his existing Australian National Rugby League contract.

Burgess will play his last game for South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL Grand Final this weekend before boarding a plane to England on the 15th October.

Bath Rugby celebrate as Rec plans get approved

Bath Rugby and London irish at the Recreation Ground Credit: David Davies/PA

Bath Rugby celebrate as Bath & North East Somerset approve their temporary planning application.

This decision enables the Club to increase capacity at the Rec from 12,000 to close to 14,000 for the next two seasons and provide improved facilities for their supporters in the lead up to the Club's 150th Anniversary.

We are delighted that our temporary proposals have been approved. As we gear up for a year of special events to celebrate our 150th Anniversary, this extra capacity will allow more people to get closer to the action during a landmark year in our Club's history. We are particularly excited about welcoming new spectators to the Rec, to enjoy the unique experience of watching Bath Rugby play at their spiritual home, and look forward to providing all our supporters, old and new, with a superb couple of seasons ahead, both on and off the field.

– Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby
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