A first start for Burgess

Sam Burgess is set for his first Bath start
Sam Burgess is set for his first Bath start

Rugby league convert Sam Burgess will make his first start in union this weekend.

Bath coach Toby Booth said on Monday that head coach Mike Ford was to start the 25-year-old against Montpellier in the Euopean Champions Cup on Friday.

Burgess has made two substitute appearances for Bath since swapping South Sydney for the 15-a-side game in October.

His debut came against Harlequins while he also came off the bench against Montpellier in the away clash at the weekend.

"We know from last weekend that he will bring plenty of physicality, and it will be good for our game plan to have that," Booth said in the Bath Chronicle.

The paper reported that Burgess will start at inside centre, replacing fellow ex-league man Kyle Eastmond.

"The best way for Sam to learn is by being out there," Booth added.