Warrington Wolves shocked the world when they sacked former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell and shocked them even more when they confirmed that his replacement would be Sam Burgess.
Perhaps the best player the British game has produced this Century, Burgess has no Head Coach experience but his legacy as a player has made him an appointment many believe could be hugely successful.
Burgess has been operating as Assistant Coach of South Sydney Rabbitohs, a club where he is an iconic figure at after his 2014 Grand Final heroics.
However, in a shocking twist, he has been forced out of the club effective immediately after a disagreement with Head Coach Jason Demetriou.
The Rabbitohs made the following statement:
“The South Sydney Rabbitohs have agreed with Sam Burgess today that he will be released from his assistant coaching duties for the remainder of the season to allow him to concentrate on his forthcoming role with the Warrington Wolves and the impending birth of his child.”
Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly also made a statement to Code Sports.
He said: “The South Sydney Rabbitohs thank Sam for his valuable contribution to the Club as assistant coach and join with all Rabbitohs Members and supporters in wishing him every success at Warrington.
“The question was asked of everyone: Is that the preference, to get on and work together for the rest of the season?
“John [Morris] was yes. Sam and the club agreed that Sam has got some other priorities to work on.”
Burgess will join the Wire for the 2024 Super League season having agreed a two-year contract.
Following his retirement from a decorated playing career in 2019, Burgess has transitioned into the coaching set-up at South Sydney Rabbitohs, currently working as an Assistant Coach for the NRL side.
Burgess is one of the most renowned and respected leaders in the global game. The former England captain famously led the Rabbitohs to the 2014 NRL title, being awarded the Clive Churchill Medal despite suffering a broken cheekbone in the opening minute.
He represented England and Great Britain on 26 occasions during his playing career and captained the national team to the World Cup Final in 2017 under the stewardship of Wayne Bennett.
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