Code-switcher Sam Burgess will shun return to rugby league and continue union career, insists Bath coach Mike Ford

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Burgess was a controversial World Cup selection (Source: Getty)

BATH boss Mike Ford is convinced that Sam Burgess will shun any temptation to return to rugby league as speculation continues to rage over the code-switcher’s future.

Burgess has two years remaining on his contract at Premiership side Bath but has been granted time off to consider his future after initially returning to training last week

The 26-year-old former South Sydney Rabbitohs star was a controversial selection in head coach Stuart Lancaster’s 31-man World Cup squad, having only converted to union less than 12 months previously.

“There are no dramas here,” said Ford. “I’ve spoken to Sam many times. We’ve talked about him coming back to Bath, rolling his sleeves up and playing six [blindside flanker] for us.

“Sam came back to training because initially that’s what he wanted, but then he did and he didn’t quite feel right. He’s gone away to get refreshed and will be back in training on 2 November.”

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