Burgess twins on the outer at Rabbitohs
FROM premiership heroes to forgotten in reserve grade.
That's the dramatic fall from grace facing South Sydney's once-barnstorming Burgess brothers, George and Tom.
After enduring plenty of success during their combined five seasons at Redfern, the twin siblings now find themselves languishing in reserve grade with the club's feeder team North Sydney.
While George is tipped to earn a spot on the bench for Saturday's clash with Manly, Tom will line up for the Bears when they take on Blacktown in their Intrust Super Premiership clash at H.E Laybutt Fields on Sunday.
Souths coach Michael Maguire says there is a reason the brothers have been dropped, but he has no doubts they have the ability to return to the NRL.
"There are areas of their game they need to work at and they are aware of that," Maguire said.
"They are very professional about how they go about it and they understand what they need to do to get themselves back in.
"I'm talking to them most days about their game and they need to improve in certain areas and if they do that then sure enough they'll get their opportunities.
"I'm very lucky that I've got a very competitive squad at the moment. There are some guys there that are probably doing a few things a little better than where they are at.
"But I know that they are capable of getting back to where they need to be."
Asked if poor ball control was Tom and George's major downfall, Maguire replied: "Obviously all areas of the game we look at, but those sorts of things come into factor."
Fortunately for Maguire, the Rabbitohs have plenty of depth in the forwards to cover the out-of-form brothers.
"I've got some handy players in the team as well, like Zane Musgrove, who is coming along really well," he said.
"Robbie Rochow played his first game with us last week and he is going to grow off the back of that.
"Jason Clark is also playing well and obviously we've got Sammy (Burgess) through the middle.
"It's a competitive pack and to be able to have that is pretty good for us as a club."
Meanwhile, Souths halfback Adam Reynolds is racing the clock to recover from a bout of appendicitis to take on Manly at Lottoland on Saturday. Maguire will give Reynolds until Friday afternoon to receive the all-clear to play the Sea Eagles.
The premiership-winning half was expected to be sidelined for up to a month, but has resumed training in a bid to return ahead of schedule.
Maguire said Reynolds still required a medical clearance and a final decision on his fitness will be made after Friday's captain's run.
"If he (Adam) can get through training and all the doctors and medical staff give him the complete check, there is no reason why he can't play," he said.
"He has been through getting his appendicitis sorted out and he has got surgeons and doctors looking at him all time. We will make sure that they are very thorough in what they need to do and I'm sure they will be.
"If the decision is for him (Adam) to play, he'll be 100% right to go.
"We will go through the process of making sure that he talks to the right doctors and surgeons about whether he can play. But it's obviously great to have him running around at training."
In other news, skipper Greg Inglis has completed a successful surgery on his torn ACL. Inglis will be sidelined for up to six months, but Maguire expects the champion fullback to play a crucial role around the club.
"Greg will now become a part of the staff and he is going to be able to mentor a lot of players right through our club," he said.
"I'll have to talk to the medical staff and surgeons around that (a return date) and that information will be fed through to me. But traditionally it's normally a six-month period."
Maguire also confirmed the Rabbitohs have completed a comprehensive review of Inglis's injury in a bid to prevent a repeat in the future.
"We went through a thorough review with everyone involved and now it's about making sure we get those things right moving forward," he said.
"There was a lot of thought and input from all staff through the process. They (the medical staff) were pretty thorough in how they looked at Greg's knee and made a call at the time.
"They thought that was the right call and as we all saw, it probably wasn't."