NRL: Sam Burgess to make anticipated return

Sam Burgess in the last match he played for South Sydney. Photo / Getty
Sam Burgess in the last match he played for South Sydney. Photo / Getty

Sam Burgess will make his much-anticipated return for South Sydney in the Rabbitohs' NRL trial on Saturday against Gold Coast.

Burgess was named at lock by coach Michael Maguire on Tuesday for the Rabbitohs' final pre-season hitout at Pizzey Park.

It will be the first game Burgess has played for the Rabbitohs since their 2014 grand final win, following his season away playing rugby in England.

Adam Reynolds was named at halfback after scans on Monday cleared him of a fractured foot following his performance in the All Stars fixture. He will be partnered in the halves by Cody Walker. Luke Keary, who will miss the Rabbitohs' season opener against the Sydney Roosters due to injury, has been named on an extended bench.

Cameron McInnes appears to be the frontrunner for Issac Luke's vacated hooking role at Redfern after being named at No.9. Recruit and ex-Canterbury rake Damien Cook is on the bench.

- AAP

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