Sam Burgess set for stunning return to rugby league

Sam Burgess has been given the green light by NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo to discuss his ‘situation’.

That situation concerns Burgess’ standing down from coaching at the South Sydney Rabbitohs when allegations were levelled at the rampaging forward concerning his lifestyle.

A police investigation left the 32-year-old with no case to answer, but the NRL investigation is still taking place and will only be solved once police provide them with the information in the case.

But, that investigation is set to be completed before 2021 ends which could hand Burgess the green light to resume his coaching career in rugby league in 2022, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

Burgess could step into the cauldron straight away at Souths, though he is keen to reward friend and Souths owner Russell Crowe by coaching the Orara Valley Axemen in the local leagues next year.

Abdo has since revealed just how close the NRL are to finding a conclusion to the investigation.

“Obviously the police have made an announcement that they are not taking any criminal action against him,” Abdo said.

“We now have to conclude our investigation which involves getting that information and then we will be in a position to finalise that. I don’t believe there are too many outstanding elements to that so it is something we would like to bring to a close.”

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