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.

Picamoles will arrive at Franklin's Gardens next summer, bringing down the curtain on a seven-season spell with Top 14 giants Toulouse.

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.

Bath say Burgess will return and stay in union

Aviva Premiership club Bath say Sam Burgess will be back in training with them next Monday following time off after the World Cup.

Burgess has two years left on his contract with Bath.

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Burgess, who has two years left on his contract with Bath, has taken a break in Spain, with reports stating that a return to rugby league side South Sydney Rabbitohs is under serious consideration.

But a Bath spokesperson told Press Association Sport on Thursday: "Sam Burgess is just starting the second year of a three-year contract with Bath Rugby.

"We gave him time off after he returned from the World Cup, as we will all England players, and he will be back in training on Monday."

Opinion: Beleaguered Burgess faces tough decision

Sports Correspondent for ITV News in the South West Matthias Kurth ponders Sam Burgess' next move.

Burgess cuts a lonely figure during a disappointing World Cup.

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It is not a complete surprise to me that Sam Burgess is weighing up his future within rugby union.

His face told the story when he trudged off the field having been sin-binned towards the end of Bath's last-gasp victory over Exeter Chiefs on the opening weekend of the Premiership season.