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.

London Irish to play Saracens in New York

London Irish will play their Aviva Premiership home game against Saracens this season in New York.

Irish and Premiership Rugby have announced a ground-breaking move that will see Irish tackle reigning Premiership champions Saracens at the 25,000-capacity Red Bull Arena - home of Major League Soccer team New York Red Bulls - on March 12 next year.

London Irish are off to New York.

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Horwill is set to make his debut for Harlequins.

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Harlequins v Wasps

Harlequins club captain Danny Care is not available for their season opener after suffering a back spasm on England duty. Former Australia captain James Horwill, Adam Jones and Mat Luamanu are set to make their debuts with other England players Joe Marler, Nick Easter and Mike Brown on the bench.