Bennett plays down Burgess injury fears


South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has hosed down fresh fears over Sam Burgess' health, saying he expects his star forward to play next NRL season.

Burgess' long-term future has been questioned after he was forced to pull out of Great Britain's tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea starting this month.

"The issue is the arm. He needs some surgery on it," Bennett said at the launch of the inaugural World Cup nines on Tuesday.

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