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Rabbitohs workhorse Sam Burgess has claimed the shift of focus away from the Telstra Premiership with State of Origin around the corner is a plus for South Sydney, as they look to surge towards the top eight.

While admitting that a difficult block of games lay ahead for the 10th placed Rabbitohs, Burgess is happy for the day-to-day media focus to be on something other than the NRL for the time-being, despite losing Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen and Ben Te'o to Queensland Origin duty.

"It's actually nice. Obviously there's a lot going on with the Origin boys but it's a good period to work hard on things," Burgess said.

"There are pros and cons in [the State of Origin period] either way. It gives a good opportunity for the boys to come in and get some game time... and have a crack at first-grade."

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