National Rugby League

Burgess keeping close eye on England's Six Nations fortunes

Sam Burgess harbours no bad memories from his time in rugby union and is keeping a close eye on England's Six Nations campaign following his switch back to league.

Burgess left South Sydney Rabbitohs for Bath in 2014, but struggled to make an impact in the 15-man code and came in for heavy criticism during England's dismal Rugby World Cup campaign in which the hosts were eliminated in the pool stages.

Now back in the NRL with the Rabbitohs, Burgess scored a try in his comeback on Saturday - a 22-20 pre-season win over Gold Coast Titans.

Despite the largely negative reaction to his time with England and Bath, Burgess insists he enjoyed his spell in union.

"I've got great memories from the 15 months I spent over there," he said. "I met some great people, learnt a brand new sport and had a fantastic time.

"Obviously it was widely reported that I had a tough time but it's actually not the case. I had a great time, I just missed Australia, missed the family and the game so I decided to come back.

"I've actually not seen [England's Six Nations] games in full. I've followed the results and kept in contact with a few of the players. They're doing very well. 

"Eddie [Jones] seems to have done a good job there so it will be interesting to see how they go in the remaining part of the season. I'll keep a close eye on it."

And Burgess does not expect a difficult transition back into league as he and the Rabbitohs look to replicate their Grand Final victory of 2014.

"I think it's a bit like riding a bike," he said. "There are a few technical things I can sharpen up on but that was the case when I was playing 10 years previous.

"There are always things you can improve on. I feel very comfortable out there. There are a few little things I can work on but like I said, that's the part I enjoy.

"It's a long way away. Everyone's talking about the Premiership already. We've not even played a game. If you look too far ahead, you get caught up. 

"We will just relax and take it game by game, day by day to improve as a team and we'll see where that gets us. But certainly we've got ambitions."