Last night, Warrington Wolves shocked the world when they announced that Sam Burgess would be taking on the Head Coach role at the club from 2024 onwards as he replaces former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell after an ill-fated run.
Burgess started out with the Bradford Bulls before making the leap to the NRL where he truly came into his own becoming the best forward on the planet.
Slamming Sam helped England to huge success as well as guiding South Sydney Rabbitohs to the 2014 Grand Final where he won the Man of the Match with a broken cheekbone.
He now leaves the Bunnies where he plies his trade as assistant coach to take on the job at Warrington in 2024.
Rabbitohs CEO, Blake Solly, says Burgess has made an enormous contribution to the Rabbitohs.
“Sam made his name in the Super League playing for the Bradford Bulls and first arrived on our shores to join our Club on his 21st birthday in 2009,” Mr Solly said.
“Since then, he has gone on to win multiple George Piggins Medals, a Clive Churchill Medal and the Rabbitohs 21st premiership in 2014.
“Since his playing career has come to an end, he has set his sights on a coaching career which saw him coach his own side in the Orara Valley Axemen to a Grand Final last season, as well as assisting with our NRL side and our young talent over the past season with a specific focus on defence.
“Sam has been presented with an opportunity to become a Head Coach of one of the powerhouse clubs in the Super League competition and it’s an opportunity he wanted to take in his coaching journey. He moves to Warrington later this year with our blessing and we know he will be doing everything he can help us win our 22nd premiership before he leaves.
“On behalf of everyone at the Rabbitohs, we wish Sam and his fiancée Lucy the very best of luck when they return to England. We hope that sometime in the not-too-distant future the Rabbitohs can take on the Wire in the World Club Challenge.”