SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 12: Sam Burgess smiles during a South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL training session at Redfern Oval on February 12, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Sam Burgess is set to vacate the No. 13 jersey this season as South Sydney look to give rookie Cameron Murray room to grow.

‘Slammin Sam’ floated around the forward pack early in his NRL career, but made a full-time move into the middle third in 2014, a career-defining season for the Englishman.

Burgess ran for an average of 158m and made 35 tackles a game as he led South Sydney to a drought-breaking premiership.

But with Angus Crichton set to depart Redfern, it leaves a vacant spot on the right edge to be filled.

Head coach Anthony Seibold has already thrown up Felise Kaufusi as a potential recruit to fill the void, but after junior Cameron Murray’s strong start to his NRL career, Seibold is set to look for a replacement in-house.

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Murray started at lock four times in his maiden season, making over 100m and over 40 tackles in three of the games.

Originally touted for a return to the front-row, it appears Burgess will now shift the edges with the Burgess twins, Zane Musgrove and Mark Nichols set to fill the prop positions.

Both back-row positions will be up for grabs in 2019, with club stalwart John Sutton set to hang up the boots at season’s end.

Murray will miss this weekend’s Charity Shield clash with a quad strain, but is still expected to line up for the Round 1 clash with the New Zealand Warriors in Perth.

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10 COMMENTS

  1. Don’t matter where Sam plays, he’s the only decent forward Souths have, so he has to do everything anyways…

  2. I like it!

    8. T Burgess
    9. Cook
    10. Nicholls
    11. S Burgess
    12. Fuimaono
    13. Murray
    Bench
    14. Sutton
    15. Crichton/Clark
    16. Musgrove
    17. G Burgess

    • This is more likely!
      08 Tom
      09 Cook
      10 Sam
      11 Sutton
      12 Traitor
      13 Murray
      14 Fuimaono
      15 Nicholls
      16 Musgrove
      17 George

      The next rung:
      Clark
      Britt
      Tatola
      Leuluai
      Turner
      Talakai

  3. Why not play both in the middle S Burgess just moved back into prop. I don’t think he’s much of a edge player, better off playing Sutton and someone.

    • We have plenty of depth there already, the twins, Musgrove and Nicholls will be filling the front row rotation so having Sam on the edge with Sutton coming off the bench alongside Musgrove and George would work better

    • Fuimaono has had a massive pre-season while Crichton has been in and out of it dealing with injuries. He will certainly be putting the pressure on for one of the starting backrow spots

  4. Rubbish, Sam will be playing up front at Prop and in the middle.
    Cam Murray already took the lock position off Sam last season, nothing new there!

    When the Traitor moves on then Sam will play on the Edge in 2019
    Sutton and Gus with Fuimano and Britt are our edge players in 2018.

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