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31 October 2019 00:35

South Sydney Rabbitohs National Rugby League Greg Inglis

Sam Burgess forced to retire with shoulder injury

NRL superstar Sam Burgess and wife Phoebe (right) split in recent weeks for the second time in less than twelve months Burgess and Phoebe's father Mitchell (left) allegedly got into an argument on Saturday October 19- resulting in the Rabbitohs prop being banned from approaching the family farm near Bowral Burgess announced his immediate retirement from NRL on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury In a heartfelt letter to fans just hours before the charge was revealed, the England and Great Britain international announced his retirement, having failed to recover from a chronic shoulder injury that forced him to miss the current Lions tour of New Zealand. Smiling under the sun with his two young children, Sam Burgess looked a picture of happiness hours before the incident In a heartfelt letter, Burgess (pictured) thanked South Sydney members and fans for the support over the years. 'I have loved absolutely every minute; the highs, the lows; the Grand Final; coming home; my injuries; my dates with the judiciary. Sam Burgess is pictured with his wife Phoebe and his parents in law in an Instagram snap Dewsbury -born rugby star Sam Burgess has announced his immediate retirement in a heartfelt letter to fans. In more recent times he also became well-known for his friendship with former Hollywood star, Russell Crowe, who was influential in persuading him and his three brothers to play in Australia.

Sam, who attended Heckmondwike Grammar School, said: "I have loved absolutely every minute; the highs, the lows; the grand final; coming home; my injuries; my dates with the judiciary. Great Britain boss Wayne Bennett, his Rabbitohs coach, led the tributes to Burgess saying: "He was one of the drawcards for me in coming to coach at South Sydney. A DREAM leader and nightmare to play against, rugby league will be poorer without "superstar" Sam Burgess, says Great Britain captain James Graham. Dual-code international Burgess, who was born in Dewsbury and began his career with Bradford Bulls, has announced his retirement, at the age of 30, due to a chronic shoulder injury. One of a handful of Englishmen to achieve iconic status in Australia's NRL, the former Test captain played 172 times for South Sydney Rabbitohs, either side of a brief and ill-fated stint in rugby union with Bath and England.

Graham, who plays for St George-Illawarra and was an NRL contemporary of Burgess, hailed him as "one of the competition's biggest stars". He said: "From the game's point of view, for England and Great Britain, he is a huge loss – and for the NRL. Assessing the impact made by Burgess as a team-mate and opponent, Graham recalled: "I can remember times when we were playing against the Kiwis and I hurt my knee and he said 'mate, come on – we need you'. England head coach Wayne Bennett, James Graham and Sam Burgess (right) during a training session at South Leeds Stadium in October 2016. Graham added: "To play against, he was a nightmare, the way he carried the ball, the amount of effort you had to put in to tackle a person like that.

In a letter to South Sydney's members and fans, Burgess admitted the decision to retire as one of the hardest of his life, but stressed it was "out of my hands". Dewsbury-born Burgess has called time on his glittering playing career, aged just 30, because of a chronic shoulder injury. "The impact Sam's made has been huge," Peacock, the Great Britain team manager, said. "He is the best player I played alongside and it has been wonderful to see a 15-year-old with bags of talent make the most of it and develop into one of the modern greats. "He is one of the true champions of the sport, an absolutely fantastic player and great bloke off the field as well." Burgess joined South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2010 and had two spells there, either side of a brief and ill-fated stint in rugby union with Bath and England.

He was capped 23 times by England in rugby league and twice for Great Britain. Burgess' younger brother Tom also plays for South Sydney and is a member of the Great Britain squad preparing for Saturday's Test against New Zealand in Auckland. He added: "From the game's point of view, for England and Great Britain, he is a huge loss – and for the NRL. In a letter to South Sydney fans and members, Burgess described ending his playing career as "one of the hardest decisions I've had to make in my life". South Sydney Rabbitohs said their captain has been forced to quit the sport due to a chronic left shoulder injury.

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The 30-year-old previously played for Bradford Bulls before appearing 182 times for the National Rugby League's Rabbitohs from 2010. Burgess said in a statement: "This decision was one of the hardest decisions I've had to make in my life, however the decision was out of my hands essentially. In 2014 Burgess was given the Rugby League International Federation's International Player of the Year, and won South Sydney's players' player five times and its best and fairest on three occassions. He also played 24 Tests for his country and had two appearances for Great Britain.