2016 was his sixth season in the cardinal and myrtle of the Rabbitohs and Sam Burgess will be chomping at the bit to take to the field for the Bunnies again in 2017, especially after Souths' strong finish last season.
Burgess will be making his return to the international rugby league arena when he represents the Poms in the Four Nations tournament, with Australia, New Zealand and Scotland invited to the party as well. Sam Burgess gives Inside Sport in insight into his training post season and injury prevention.
Keep it moving
"All the Australian-based England players are currently training together in Sydney; there's about eight or nine of us. We have a conditioner, an English fella, Colin. He's a great guy. He comes down from Newcastle and trains us in field sessions twice a week, puts us through our paces for an hour and a half. There are enough Aussie-based English guys now that we have the right amount of players here to really have a good session together and get some good work in. The English-based squad members are doing the same thing over there.
"We're not going overboard at this time of year. You've got to remember we're coming off the back of a full pre-season which led into a full season of 26 rounds of football. We're probably already well-conditioned by this stage, but the training is certainly toughening up for us at the moment. It's just a case of maintaining fitness, just keeping your legs moving. We're training really hard on the field on a Monday and Thursday and working hard in the gym on a few other days through the week; really just topping up what's already in the bank.";
"Well mate, yeah, listen .. you play a contact sport like we do, you're going to pick up bumps and bruises all the way through the year. This year, touch wood, I was quite lucky. I've not needed any surgery or serious attention, so I'm thankful for that, but certainly I know the boys are pushing through some pain barriers. I guess it all creates a bit of toughness, but also you have to be a bit smart about it, too.";
Sam Burgess is Canterbury ambassador talking to Inside Sport Magazine.