Some believe 2012 will be the end of the human race. Apparently cataclysmic events will end the world as we know it. The National Rugby League has its own cataclysmic problem with the return of South Sydney Rabbitohs’ hitman, Sam Burgess.
There is only so many movie premieres an injured football superstar can go to. Only so many television shows an injured football superstar can appear on. It wont be long until Sam Burgess will finally get to wear his footy boots again and do what he does best.
The 28th of January will mark the second coming of the Englishman. The 28th is off course the date the Rabbitohs play their first trial game against the Warrington Wolves at Redfern Oval. Nineteen more days before Burgess can rip and tear once more.
By the time Burgess does get back onto the paddock, it will have been 284 excruciating days. 6816 hours since he has burst through a desperate defensive line. 408960 minutes since he has hit a sorry ball runner with his murderous shoulder.
“Hopefully I get a run there (against Wolves) and just build in towards that” Burgess told reporters late last year.
“I’ll be ready. I’m fully fit now and ready to roll. It gives me a lot of time to prepare for the trials and especially round one.”
The Rabbitohs were ravaged by injury last year and the absence of Burgess made things ten times worst. The young forward is already the backbone of an impressive forward pack.
He is a leader through action, not words. Being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel makes things a little less painful for the Yorkshire native.
“I’ve not been doing full wrestle yet, the staff are looking after me there” Burgess said.
“I’m 95 per cent fully training. It’s great to be back in with the team and feeling part of the team again.”
This is scary news for the rest of the NRL. A man who thrives on reputation is a man worth respecting. Burgess is a talent rarely seen in the modern game. In a time where players are told to grapple and hold and wrestle, Burgess goes against the monotonous norm. The giant backrower is a heat seeking missile with one goal in mind, hurt thy opponent.
There is no doubting Burgess would make the perfect captain in years to come. He is a guy that kids look up to and want to be like. He leads from the front and doesn’t know what a backward step is.
Ironically on the 28th of January, Burgess will face up against his countrymen in the first NRL trial of the year.
Wolves beware, Burgess is back. Bigger and scarier than ever.