This suspension came at a fairly pivotal time in the season, as forwards Michael Crocker, Luke Stuart, Scott Geddes, and Dave Taylor had all been ruled out from the clash already.Burgess continued to represent England at the end of the season in the 2010 Four Nations tournament.He was called up to the England national rugby union team in August 2015, becoming a dual-code international, and was a member of England's squad for their unsuccessful 2015 Rugby Union World Cup campaign before returning to rugby league for the 2016 NRL season.
During his first spell at South Sydney, Burgess won the 2014 NRL Premiership, the club's first in 43 years, and was named winner of the Clive Churchill Medal for man of the match in the 2014 NRL Grand Final.
In late 2014, Burgess switched codes to play rugby union for Bath Rugby.
His shoulder was injured in the first game of the 2011 NRL season against the Roosters on 11 March, for which he needed surgery and a month of rest.
However, as soon as he came back from that, he injured his ankle and is out for the remainder of 2011.
His late father, Mark Burgess, who died of motor neurone disease, was also a rugby league footballer who played for Nottingham City, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury and Hunslet; After a highly successful début season with the Bulls, Burgess was awarded the Senior Academy Player of the Year Award by the club.
In 2007 Burgess has established himself as a first team regular.Taking into account the retrospective Clive Churchill medal awarded to Ron Coote in 1971, Sam Burgess was the first South Sydney player to claim the medal in 43 years.He scored his first try for Bath in the 13th round of the Aviva Premiership against Wasps at the Recreation ground and was awarded man of the match.Burgess completed the most turnovers of any player in the matches of that round.On 10 August, Burgess was named in the England Elite Squad to make his International début against France at Twickenham on 15 August, in a warm-up match for the Rugby World Cup. Following his appearance where he was sin-binned, World Cup winning English scrum half Matt Dawson commented: "You can't take him to the World Cup for me. But the way the game went in the second half there was nothing for him to do.On 17 February 2014, it was announced that at the end of the year Burgess would switch to rugby union.