Gloucester Rugby have confirmed the short-term signing of rugby league star Sam Burgess.
Burgess has been locked in talks with Gloucester over a deal to return to rugby union and the two parties agreed on a deal late Friday night (Friday 31 March)
“I think my time in Rugby Union would have been better had I joined Gloucester to start off with, Bath was not good enough me” he said.
In an interview with Ultimate Rugby Burgess stated his intent on playing for the British and Irish Lions and the conversation he had with Warren Gatland.
“I have always dreamed of putting the iconic Lions jersey on” Burgess said.
“Gatland approached me saying that he was concerned about Owen Farrell’s ability to face the All Blacks and that he wanted someone who knows the conditions in the Southern Hemisphere.”
Burgess will be available to play for Gloucester in the next round of the Aviva Premiership and he is looking forward to facing his old club, Bath, at the end of the month.
“I can’t wait to get out in front of those English supporters again, I have been dreaming about showing Bath how wrong they were to let me go”
Despite being unable to excel in international rugby first round, Burgess believes that he will be much better this time round.
“I had poor coaching last time round and I believe that Gatland will be able to get the best of me, I know some may think that I will fail again but I purposely announced my intentions today to underline the seriousness of my intent”