After a tough couple of months, Sam Burgess's old rugby league pals are calling him home.
England beat New Zealand at the weekend in Hull in the first match of their three match rugby league series. Following the game, the triumphant England players were asked about Burgess.
Man of the Match Brett Ferres said he hopes he returns to League and said he had a fantastic time playing with him for England and Bradford (Bulls) in the past.
Hooker James Roby touchingly announced that Burgess was 'always one of us'.
His brother Tom Burgess reckons he didn't do much wrong and says he was scapegoated by the rugby union public on account of the fact that's he's new to the game.
Speaking truthfully he was treated a bit unfairly and that’s probably what’s pushing him away at the moment.
It’s a big talking point, but I suppose it’s been a big tournament and people are upset at the outcome.
Sam’s enjoyed the experience but he’s probably just a bit upset over some of the stick he’s been getting.
He’s new to union so that’s probably why (he’s being criticised). But in my opinion, and I’m no expert, I don’t think he’s done too much wrong in the World Cup. He’s had a week to 10 days off to refresh a little bit mentally and he’ll assess his options but he’s made no decisions yet.