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Sam Burgess: Warrington Wolves head coach rules out immediate NRL return to South Sydney Rabbitohs

Sam Burgess spent nine seasons at South Sydney Rabbitohs across two spells before his retirement in 2019, then served as an assistant coach ahead of joining Warrington Wolves as head coach; Burgess has been linked with a return to the NRL after Rabbitohs' slow start to the season

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Sam Burgess has confirmed he'll be honouring his contract and staying as Warrington Wolves head coach

Warrington Wolves head coach Sam Burgess has shut down rumours of an immediate return to the NRL and insists he is “very happy” in the Super League.

Burgess made 182 appearances across two spells for South Sydney Rabbitohs between 2010 and his retirement in 2019, playing a key role in the Premiership-winning side in 2014, before being part of their coaching staff ahead of his return to England.

The 35-year-old signed a two-year contract with Warrington after working as an assistant last season for Rabbitohs head coach Jason Demetriou, who has seen his future questioned after a nightmare start to the NRL campaign.

Rabbitohs sit second-bottom of the NRL after five defeats in their opening six matches, leading to speculation over Demetriou and his coaching staff, although Burgess insists he is fully committed to Warrington for the year ahead.

When asked if there was any possibility of switching back to the NRL this season, Burgess told Sky Sports: "No, none whatsoever. I've got a two-year contract here and I'm going to honour that.

Picture by Olly Hassell/ - 26/01/2024 - Rugby League - Pre-season friendly - Warrington Wolves v Widnes Vikings - Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, England - Warrington Wolves head Coach Sam Burgess
Image: Sam Burgess is contracted with Warrington Wolves until the end of the 2025 season

"Simon [Moran, Warrington owner] and everyone at the club has been brilliant. I'm very happy. I'm loving our time here and won't be going back any sooner."

Burgess has guided Wolves to five wins from their first seven matches of the Super League season, plus led them to the Challenge Cup semi-finals for the first time in three years.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs are next in NRL action on Thursday away to Melbourne Storm, live from 10.50am on Sky Sports Arena. Warrington Wolves travel to Salford Red Devils on Saturday April 27, live from 2.55pm on Sky Sports Arena.

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