Sam Burgess already bored in Bath’s backline

Sam Burgess has apparently already found training in the centres in rugby union a touch dull, according to Bath RUFC coach Mike Ford.

Burgess is set to make his union debut as a centre for Bath this weekend from the bench, but has found training in the backs a little limiting, it seems.

But it looks like he will play in the threequarter line anyway, so that he can watch how the game unfolds “from afar”.

“We’ve put him at 12 (centre) at training and he’s got a bit bored out there. He finds himself going towards the ruck, wanting to get involved,” Ford told BBC Points West.

“We’ve also seen him at six, seven and eight (back row) and he seems more comfortable there. Clearly there’s a lot more technical stuff he has to learn there so we might put him on at centre and let him look from afar.

“Maybe in his third or fourth game we’ll put him in the back row and see how he goes with that.

“We’ve been getting him up to speed with the game for the last three or four weeks.

“He’s still got a lot of things to learn but getting him involved in matchdays is going to accelerate that learning.

“We’ll see how the game unfolds and if we need to put him on we will do.”

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