Burgess was snubbed last week by his Bath teammates for “cutting and running’’ from English rugby after one season.

London’s Sunday Times reported that Bath’s captain Stuart Hooper told Burgess the players would prefer he did not come to training to say his goodbyes.

Hooper fielded a phone call from Burgess, who was trying to arrange a suitable time for him to appear at Bath training, only to be told it would not be well received by teammates.


Regarded with suspicion upon his arrival in English rugby, Burgess became regarded as a privileged impostor when he was given a fast-lane ride into their World Cup team by coach Stuart Lancaster.

By choosing to leave so quickly, he has been cast by British commentators and, it seems, teammates, as an ingrate and a waster of opportunities presented by others.

Bath coach Mike Ford, the former South Queensland Crushers rugby league halfback, said Burgess should have “rolled up his sleeves’’ and stayed at the club.

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