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Bath's Rumoured Treatment Of Sam Burgess Is Incredibly Harsh

Bath's Rumoured Treatment Of Sam Burgess Is Incredibly Harsh
By Gary Reilly Updated

The finger pointing across the water has been incredibly interesting to watch. Sam Burgess' conversion from rugby league superstar to rugby union scapegoat/waste of space has been as rapid as it has been bitter. The player himself has made the decision to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs and you can really see why.

The money, the lifestyle, the fact that his family are based there, it would all make you wonder why he even bothered with the move in the first place. But he did, and for one reason or another he ended up in a World Cup squad four years before he was supposed to.

His performance against Wales may have been Rabbitoh in the headlights stuff (apologies, but it had to be done) but you can't really blame him for cutting things short. What does he have to gain if he was to keep slugging away at it? Some may say a chance to regain dignity but a comfortable life in Australia with his family seems much more appealing.

Which is why his supposed treatment over the past couple of weeks by Bath is particularly galling. The Daily Mail are reporting that once he informed them of his decision, the powers that be in Bath refused to allow Burgess to see his teammates, let them know of his decision and say his goodbyes.

Instead, he had to send a group message to the players and slink off as if he had done something wrong. Fair enough, Bath may not be happy to be losing a player they put so much hope in but they have reportedly received £750,000 for the inconvenience. It's not a bad trade-off.

After all the hullabaloo over the past couple of months, you'd have to think Burgess will be kissing the ground under his feet as soon as he touches down in Australia and all you can really say is best of luck to him.

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