Sam Burgess displaying his 2014 Churchill Medal.

Rabbitohs confirm Sam Burgess return

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will welcome back their 2014 Clive Churchill Medal-winning star Sam Burgess in 2016 in a major coup for the club.

Burgess led the Rabbitohs to a drought-breaking premiership last year before switching codes to represent England at the Rugby Union World Cup, but will be back in the NRL next season after signing a three-year-deal.

The 26-year-old forward has played 96 NRL matches for Souths and 17 Rugby League Tests for England and Great Britain. He will reunite with brothers George and Tom at the Rabbitohs.

"I could not be happier to see Sam coming home to the Rabbitohs," Souths coach Michael Maguire said.

"He had an enormously positive impact on our club, both on and off the field, throughout the five seasons he was here, and to be bringing back one of the game's most dominant players is fantastic for not only our club, but the game itself.

"He will add starch to our forward pack, and he will bring his leadership qualities to the team as well.

"He wanted to test himself in rugby union and he achieved many of his goals, becoming a dual international for England and representing his country at a Rugby World Cup.

"The next chapter is for him to return to the game he was born to play, and we're over the moon that he is coming home to do that with his Rabbitohs family here at South Sydney."

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