English rugby legend, Sam Burgess, has unexpectedly surfaced as a potential candidate to take up the vacant coaching position at Warrington. This comes in the wake of Justin Holbrook turning down the role.
Warrington is actively seeking out Burgess among other possible candidates based in Australia before confirming a long-term coach. Besides Burgess, another alternative they are considering is Cronulla’s assistant coach, Josh Hannay, following the former Titans coach Holbrook’s refusal of their offer.
Since hanging his boots up in 2019 after a successful career, Burgess has entered the coaching realm, expressing his desire to eventually become a head coach. While his current contract with the Rabbitohs has one more year, the club has indicated they will not prevent him from pursuing a top job.
Despite an offer from Wayne Bennett to join the Dolphins, Burgess opted to return to South Sydney this year. He spent the previous season coaching the Orara Valley Axemen to a Grand Final in Group 2 in northern NSW.
Whether Burgess would make a move could be influenced by his personal circumstances, as his partner Lucy Graham is pregnant.
Following the dismissal of their coach Daryl Powell earlier this week, Warrington is examining other possibilities within England. Former Warrington coach Holbrook, is set to rejoin his old club, the Roosters, as Trent Robinson‘s assistant coach in the NRL.
Despite experiencing a promising start with eight consecutive wins this season, the Wolves, featuring former NRL players Matt Dufty, Paul Vaughan and George Williams, remain in the finals chase. The team’s recent streak of six straight losses precipitated the dismissal of Powell.
Currently, only four Australians – Adria Lam, Willie Peters, Tony Smith and Rohan Smith head Super League teams. Both Lam and Peters have made significant strides in this season, leading their teams, Hull KR and Leigh, to the Challenge Cup final.