South Sydney captain Sam Burgess will not feature for the Bunnies in their clash with the New Zealand Warriors on Friday.
The Englishman has been struggling for a number of weeks with his ribs and head coach Michael Maguire has decided to rest him for the match at ANZ Stadium.
After a difficult season, the Rabbitohs can not make the NRL finals so are not under any pressure to throw their skipper in with his injury issues.
It’s a decision that will no doubt please England head coach Wayne Bennett who will want Burgess to be in peak physical condition for the World Cup.
Twins Tom and George Burgess continue to feature for Souths as they try to get back to top form after coming under scrutiny for some below par performance this campaign.
England kick off their World Cup campaign against hosts and reigning champions Australia at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on Friday 27 October.