Surgery to delay Burgess’ debut for Bath

Bath’s new signing Sam Burgess’ arrival at the West Country club has been delayed for around six weeks as he needs surgery on a fractured cheekbone.

NRL sensation Burgess played in the NRL Grand Final last week and was injured after six seconds in the match but played on and helped his side clinch the title.

Despite his injury Burgess became the first non-Australian to win the Clive Churchill medal for man of the match.

Bath were hoping to have Burgess available for their Anglo Welsh LV=Cup campaign in November but the injury now makes this unlikely.

Burgess will have a metal plate inserted into his face on Tuesday to repair the cheekbone fracture.

The powerful runner played in the pack for his NRL club South Sydney but is expected to feature in the backline for Bath possibly at centre.

Burgess was born in Dewsbury and played Rugby League Bradford Bulls and Great Britain and joined his South Sydney Rabbitohs club in 2010.

The powerful player is expected to be a sensation in the 15 man game given his stats in the NRL and has been tipped for a place in the England squad for the 2015 World Cup.

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