England rugby union assistant coach Andy Farrell believes "warrior" Sam Burgess can make a successful cross-code switch.
England league international Burgess, 25,
is in talks
with union side Bath.
"Sam can make an impact," said Farrell, who denies approaching Burgess over a potential move to union during last year's rugby league World Cup.
"He's certainly a fighter and a warrior. He's very similar to the likes of Billy Twelvetrees and Manu Tuilagi."
- Sonny Bill Williams
(NZ) - began career in league, switched to union to win 2011 World Cup then switched back and was runner-up in 2013 league World Cup
- Jason Robinson
(Eng) - Won league World Club Challenge with Wigan before switching to be part of England World Cup-winning team of 2003
- Israel Folau
(Aus) - Not two, but three codes. A league international before switching to Australian rules, he joined union in 2013 and made his Test debut against the Lions
Burgess currently plays for Australian side South Sydney Rabbitohs, where he is contracted until 2016, but it is understood the Rugby Football Union (RFU) are willing to buy out his remaining two years.
has been reported
that Burgess would be signed with a view to playing in the 2015 World Cup.
However Farrell, himself a rugby league convert, believes that would be difficult.
"It's a tough ask, but some people can take to things more quickly than others," he added.
"Mentality-wise you're trying to get ready for a battle, especially at international level, but the game does take some time to get used to as far as instinct is concerned.
"I'm not saying that somebody of the calibre of player we are talking about couldn't."
Burgess moved down under in 2009 but came back to prominence in his homeland during the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, putting in a number of aggressive performances as England reached the semi-finals.