Reports: Sam Burgess leaves Bath with immediate effect

Burgess has left union with hopes of returning to league.

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Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect and is thought to have agreed a deal to move back to rugby league with the South Sydney Rabbitohs after growing disillusioned with life in union.

Stuart Lancaster included Burgess in the England squad which went out of their home World Cup in the group stages.

He was given time off by Bath coach Mike Ford after the disastrous World Cup campaign and has now played his last game of rugby union.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Bath owner Bruce Craig stated that Burgess would be seeing out the remainder of his contract.

Gopperth banned for three weeks for Tait incident

Jimmy Gopperth lines up a kick.

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Wasps fly-half Jimmy Gopperth has been punished with a three-week ban after pleading guilty to striking Leicester's Mathew Tait last weekend.

Gopperth was sent to the sin-bin in the second half after colliding with Tigers back Tait in mid-air as they attempted to catch a kick.

Armitage 'insulted' by England stars supporting his World Cup exclusion

Steffon Armitage has branded England stars supporting his World Cup exclusion as "pretty insulting".

Toulon flanker Armitage joined Nick Abendanon in criticising Tom Youngs and Tom Wood for suggesting a U-turn on England's policy of not selecting overseas-based stars could have proved divisive at the World Cup.

England vowed only to select overseas-based stars in "exceptional circumstances".

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Bath head coach says Burgess will be staying

Bath head coach Mike Ford says Sam Burgess is staying.

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Bath are adamant that Sam Burgess will see out the remainder of his contract at the Recreation Ground.

Burgess is thought to be seeking a route back to rugby league with the South Sydney Rabbitohs after growing disillusioned with life union and he resumed to training on Monday upon the completion of a 10-day break in Spain.

The 26-year-old returned from England's disastrous World Cup campaign and made one replacement appearance for Bath on the opening weekend of the Aviva Premiership season before being given time off to gather his thoughts.

"Yes we expect Sam to stay. He has got two years left on his contract," Bath head coach Mike Ford said.

Northampton sign Picamoles for 2016 season

Northampton have completed a major coup by signing France number eight Louis Picamoles on a three-year contract.

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Louis Picamoles will join Northampton on a three-year contract.

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Burgess attends Bath training amid speculation he could return to league

Sam Burgess trained with Bath.

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Sam Burgess reported for training at Bath on Monday morning, the Aviva Premiership club have confirmed.

Burgess was given time off after England's World Cup disaster and travelled to Spain to reflect on his future in union after completing the first year of his three-year contract at the Recreation Ground.

Bath head coach Mike Ford revealed Burgess "didn't quite feel right" upon his return to club duty and the 26-year-old is understood to be seeking a return to league with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.