|Full name||Samuel Burgess|
|Born||14 December 1988|
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
|Height||196 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||116 kg (18 st 4 lb)|
|Position||Lock, Second-row, Prop|
|Position||Centre, Back row|
He previously played in England for the Bradford Bulls in the Super League and in Australia for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL. The Rabbitohs won the 2014 NRL Premiership, the club's first in 43 years, and Burgess was named winner of the Clive Churchill Medal for man of the match in the Grand Final. he played for Great Britain and England at international level.
In late 2014, Burgess switched codes to play rugby union for Bath. He was called up to the England national team in August 2015, becoming a dual-code international, and was a member of England's squad for their unsuccessful 2015 Rugby Union World Cup campaign, before returning to rugby league for the 2016 NRL season.
On 30 October 2019, Burgess announced his retirement from all competitions with immediate effect, due to a career ending shoulder injury. Burgess currently works as an assistant coach for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Burgess, also known by the nickname of "Slammin' Sam", is one of four rugby league-playing brothers; younger brothers Tom and George are teammates at the Rabbitohs, while older brother Luke retired after playing in England and Australia.
Burgess was born on 14 December 1988 in Liversedge, Kirklees, West Yorkshire, England. His late father, Mark Burgess, who died of motor neurone disease, was also a rugby league footballer who played for Nottingham City, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury and Hunslet; whilst his mother, Julie, is a teacher, currently employed at The Scots College in Bellevue Hill, Sydney. His older brother, Luke, and younger twin brothers, Tom and George, are also professional rugby league footballers.
Burgess made his Super League début against Leeds in 2006 after already being dubbed by Shontayne Hape as "Great Britain's Sonny Bill". After a highly successful début season with the Bulls, Burgess was awarded the Senior Academy Player of the Year Award by the club. In 2007 Burgess established himself as a first team regular. After a great full season he was called up for the Great Britain squad for the 2007 Test series with New Zealand, and was named as young player of the year in the Super League. Burgess made his Great Britain début against New Zealand in the 1st test in October 2007, scoring a try. Burgess also played in the centenary match between the All Golds and Northern Union; he was awarded the Man of the match. He gained attention for his big hit on New Zealand prop Fuifui Moimoi during the Kiwis' 2007 tour when he was only 19 years old.
In September 2009, the South Sydney Rabbitohs announced they had signed Burgess on a four-year deal from the 2010 season. Burgess, on contract at the Bradford Bulls until the end of the 2010 season, was released after the clubs agreed on a compensation fee. South Sydney co-owner and A-list celebrity Russell Crowe persuaded Burgess to choose his club over others that were competing for his signature, after inviting Burgess and his mother to the set of Robin Hood, which he was filming in England at the time.
Before he had played a game for South Sydney Burgess played prop for the NRL All Stars in the inaugural All Stars match after Rabbitohs prop Dave Taylor injured his ankle at training. It was played at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on 13 February 2010. The NRL All Stars lost the game 16–12.
He was selected to play for England against France in the one-off test in 2010.
Burgess was given a one-week ban by the NRL Judiciary for a grade one grapple tackle. He was placed on report during Round 21, against the Canterbury Bulldogs, for a grapple tackle made on Canterbury fullback Ben Barba. Burgess therefore missed the Round 22 clash against Wests Tigers. This suspension came at a fairly pivotal time in the season, as forwards Michael Crocker, Luke Stuart, Scott Geddes, and Dave Taylor had all been ruled out from the clash already.
Burgess continued to represent England at the end of the season in the 2010 Four Nations tournament. His shoulder was injured in the first game of the 2011 NRL season against the Roosters on 11 March, for which he needed surgery and a month of rest. However, as soon as he came back from that, he injured his ankle and is out for the remainder of 2011.
In August 2013, the Burgess brothers became the first set of four brothers to line up in the same Australian side since Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman played for Sydney's Annandale club during the 1910 NSWRFL season. That year, Burgess was banned for two games following his infamous "squirrel grip" on Will Chambers – where Chambers's testicles were grabbed during a game. Sam was in a DVD about his life called 'Slammin' Sam: The Sam Burgess Story' After the 2013 NRL season Burgess represented England in the 2013 World Cup.
On 17 February 2014, it was announced that at the end of the year Burgess would switch to rugby union. In what was his last match for South Sydney, Burgess, along with brothers Tom and George played against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2014 NRL Grand Final. Despite suffering a broken cheekbone in the first tackle of the game, Burgess continued to play on, with his team winning the match. He was awarded the Clive Churchill Medal for best player in the grand final. Taking into account the retrospective Clive Churchill medal awarded to Ron Coote in 1971, Sam Burgess was the first South Sydney player to claim the medal in 43 years.
Burgess was signed for Bath Rugby in England's top competition on a three-year contract, starting from October 2014. His start date was then delayed until December 2014 due to complicated surgery to fix a fractured cheek and eye socket. He was seen by the English rugby union as their answer to Sonny Bill Williams – a big ball-playing rugby league forward who can transfer those skills to the backline midfield in union.
He scored his first try for Bath in the 13th round of the Premiership against Wasps at the Recreation ground and was awarded man of the match. On 21 January, he was named in the England Saxons squad to play the Irish Wolfhounds. On 10 April, Burgess started in the Aviva Premiership against Newcastle Falcons at blindside flanker. Burgess completed the most turnovers of any player in the matches of that round.
On 10 August, Burgess was named in the England Elite Squad to make his International début against France at Twickenham on 15 August, in a warm-up match for the Rugby World Cup. He started the game which England won 19-14. Following his appearance where he was sin-binned, World Cup winning English scrum half Matt Dawson commented: "You can't take him to the World Cup for me. He played 80 mins and credit for that. But the way the game went in the second half there was nothing for him to do. The great thing about Burgess is he doesn't make mistakes with ball in hand. But unfortunately, if you're going to be really picky, positionally he wasn't great. He played like a six rather than a 12. There are things that are instinctively he doesn’t know what to do." Dawson's comments came before Lancaster named Burgess as one of four centres including Henry Slade to represent England in the World Cup. His inclusion and performances at the World Cup were widely scrutinized, and seen by some pundits as partly to blame for England's "humiliating" early pool stage exit from the tournament—the worst result for a host nation in the tournament's history. Burgess in 2018 claimed ""If people actually re-watched the games I participated in you will see I added to the team. What cost us an early exit was individual egos and selfish players not following our leader." England led Wales 25-18 when Burgess was substituted in the 70th minute in his final game for England.
On 5 November, Burgess made the decision to leave rugby union, opting to return to South Sydney Rabbitohs, signing a three-year contract.
Rugby league returnEdit
In early November 2015 it was reported that Burgess had been signed to the South Sydney Rabbitohs for $1.5m AUD per season. This figure would make him the highest paid rugby league footballer of all time and in the top three highest paid of either code. In December 2015 Burgess was selected to play for the World All Stars in the 2016 Rugby League All Stars Match alongside his brother Tom Burgess.
In October 2016, Burgess was named in the 24-man England squad for the 2016 Four Nations tournament. He was also announced the new captain under new coach Wayne Bennett after original captain Sean O'Loughlin was unavailable through injury.
In October 2017 he was selected in the England squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. In the week leading up to the final, Burgess was made captain as Sean O'Loughlin pulled out with injury. England went on to lose the final to Australia 6-0. On 6 December 2017, it was announced that Burgess had agreed to a contract extension with Souths keeping him at the club until the end of 2019.
On 5 September 2018 Burgess signed a four-year contract with Souths keeping him at the club until the end of the 2023 season. The new contract deal coincided with Souths returning to form in The NRL with the club finishing third on the table at the end of the regular season. The following week, Burgess and South Sydney were embroiled in an off field incident involving Souths players exposing themselves on Instagram to a female fan back in May 2018. A report by The Daily Telegraph verified social media accounts belonging to Burgess were at the centre of the saga. On 21 September 2018, Burgess was cleared by the NRL of any wrongdoing. Burgess then spoke to the media saying “I have not sexted anyone, I fully co-operated with the inquiry as I said I would. I have engaged lawyer Chris Murphy to pursue my remedies and he has retained defamation lawyers".
Burgess started the 2019 NRL season strongly as Souths won 10 of their first 11 games. Following Souths Round 13 loss against Newcastle, Burgess was ruled out with a shoulder injury. It was later revealed that Burgess needed a drip inserted into his heart to fight an infection after shoulder surgery and was ruled out from playing indefinitely.
Burgess returned to the Souths side for their Round 20 match against Cronulla which Souths lost 39-24 at Shark Park. Burgess was placed on report during the match after hitting Cronulla player Matt Moylan with a high tackle.
On 21 August 2019 Burgess was voted as one of the best players of the decade in the NRL team of the decade announcement which spanned from the 2010 to 2019 seasons. The panel who voted were made up of Premiership-winning coaches Phil Gould, Craig Bellamy, Trent Robinson and Ricky Stuart along with Hall of Famers Peter Sterling, Darren Lockyer, Danny Buderus and Laurie Daley.
In round 25 of the 2019 NRL season, Burgess was replaced on report in South Sydney's victory over arch rivals the Sydney Roosters. Burgess was alleged to have pulled the hair of Easts player Billy Smith. Burgess was later suspended for one match over the incident.
On 18 September 2019, Burgess was asked by NRL CEO Todd Greenberg to meet with him and show cause as to why he should not be reprimanded for an outburst he made about criticism in relation to the NRL judiciary. In an interview with the media Burgess said "Everyone seems to be in uproar about this judiciary system, “Who is making the calls here? Is there a discussion before these calls go out there? I don’t know. What’s the process? It’s like a kangaroo court in there".
At the end of the 2019 regular season, South Sydney finished in third place on the table and qualified for the finals. Burgess missed the qualifying final against the Sydney Roosters due to his suspension in round 25. Burgess returned for the elimination semi-final against Manly-Warringah which Souths won 34-26 at ANZ Stadium. The following week, Burgess played in South Sydney's 16-10 preliminary final loss against Canberra at Canberra Stadium.
On 30 October 2019, Burgess was forced into early retirement due to a chronic shoulder injury. Burgess released a statement saying "To all South Sydney members and fans, fans of the game and even the supporters that aren't my biggest fans, I'd like to thank each and every one of you for making my career what it was in the NRL, I have loved absolutely every minute; the highs, the lows; the Grand Final; coming home; my injuries; my dates with the judiciary. It really has been a fantastic ride".
- NRL Winner: 2014
- Clive Churchill Medal Winner: 2014
- George Piggins Medal Winner: 2014
- Jack Rayner Players' Player Award Winner: 2014
- Bob McCarthy Clubman of the Year Award Winner: 2014
- Burrow Appreciation Award Winner: 2014
- 2019: NRL team of the decade member 2010-2019.
Aviva Premiership Runner-up: 2014/15
In December 2015, Burgess married Phoebe Hooke in a lavish ceremony at her parents estate in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. The couple welcomed their daughter, Poppy Alice Burgess, on 24 January 2017. They welcomed their son, William "Billy" Mark Burgess, on 9 December 2018. The couple separated less than a month after their son was born. They reconciled some time in April 2019 but split for a second time in October 2019. Shortly after their separation, an apprehended violence order (AVO) was taken out against Burgess on behalf of his father-in-law, Mitchell Hooke.
Burgess later pleaded not guilty to charges of intimidation and common assault and claimed the allegations made by his ex-wife were "born out of malice or retaliation". On 5 February 2021, Burgess was found guilty of intimidating his former father-in-law, Mitchell Hooke. On 19 March 2021, Burgess had his conviction for intimidating his former father-in-law overturned on appeal.
On 22 February 2021, Burgess was arrested by police and charged with driving offences which included driving an unregistered vehicle and driving without a valid licence. Burgess also failed a random roadside drug test. Burgess was later ordered to appear in court on 4 May 2021.
- Riley, George (17 February 2014). "Sam Burgess: Bath's recruit from rugby league can crack union". bbc.com. BBC. Retrieved 2 July 2014.
- "Bath Rugby Official Website – 1st XV squad – Sam Burgess". Bath Rugby. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015.
- "Sam Burgess v Tom Johnson in A-League". ESPN. 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
- "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2018.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
- "Sam Burgess: England international forced to retire with shoulder injury". BBC Sport. 30 October 2019.
- Nicolussi, Christian (6 August 2020). "Demetriou gets taste of Rabbitohs role after Bennett breach". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
- "We're for Sydney". Daily Telegraph. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- Aldred, Tanya (19 September 2012). "Burgess rugby clan in different league to the Brownlee brothers". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
- Irvine, Christopher (26 October 2007). "Sam Burgess inspired by memory of late father". The Times Online. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "Meet the magnificent Mrs Burgess". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- "Bulls snap up Burgess twins". Halifax Evening Courier. 17 January 2008. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "Sam Burgess ties the knot". The Press. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
- Wilson, Andy (5 March 2013). "Super League Set of Six: Sonny Bill Williams's return rocks Australia". Guardian. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Jackson, Ed (30 September 2009). "South Sydney land highly-rated English forward Sam Burgess". Fox Sports. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Deacon pulls out of England squad". BBC. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 3 October 2008.
- Walter, Brad (30 September 2009). "Souths sign England star". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2009.
- Laybourn, Ian (2009). "BURGESS – CROWE CLINCHED SOUTHS DEAL". sportinglife.com. 365 Media Group Ltd. Retrieved 29 October 2009.
- Lawrenson, David (14 November 2009). "Billy Slater helps himself as Australia outclass brave England". guardian.co.uk. UK: Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 25 November 2009.
- Hadfield, Dave (13 June 2010). "Widdop passes his first Test at a canter". The Independent. UK: Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 8 July 2010.
- "Burgess suspended one week for grapple". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2 August 2010. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "Rugby league history as FOUR English brothers star for Russell Crowe's side". Mirror. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
- Stuart Honeysett (16 April 2014). "Squirrel grip aside, I'm not a dirty player: Sam Burgess". THE AUSTRALIAN. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
- "Tender side of Slammin' Sam". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 26 September 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "Bath sign England league forward Sam Burgess from the Rabbitohs in a cross-code switch". BBC Sport. 17 February 2014.
- "Burgess undergoes complicated surgery". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 October 2014.
- DUNCAN JOHNSTONE (9 October 2014). "Sam Burgess' transfer to rugby union delayed". Stuff.co.nz. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 10 October 2014.
- "England beat France 19-14 in Rugby World Cup warm-up" BBC Sport. 15 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
- Stephen Jones (4 October 2015). "A lost cause:Vital lessons must be learnt if England are to recover from the earliest exit of any host nation at a Rugby World Cup". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
- Andy Bull (4 October 2015). "England fans were deluded but not as much as Stuart Lancaster". Guardian. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
- HUGH GODWIN (3 October 2015). "Rugby World Cup 2015: There's no way back after England exit, Stuart Lancaster has to go". Independent. Retrieved 4 October 2015.
- "Sam Burgess: 'Egos and selfish players' behind England's 2015 World Cup exit". Guardian. 27 November 2018. Retrieved 28 November 2018.
- "Sam Burgess leaves Bath to rejoin South Sydney Rabbitohs" BBC Sport. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 5 November 2015
- "Sam Burgess signs with Rabbitohs: Star forward tops NRL rich list". Foxsports.com.au. 6 November 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
- "Sam Burgess named England captain for Four Nations". BBC. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "England rugby league World Cup squad revealed - and James Roby is back in the fold". Mirror. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2019.
- Bower, Aaron (1 December 2017). "Sam Burgess to lead England in World Cup final as Sean O'Loughlin ruled out". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "Kangaroos win Rugby League World Cup in tense final against England". 2 December 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "NRL contracts 2018: Sam Burgess among Rabbitohs signings, Alex Walmsley, Dylan Napa — Market Watch". 5 December 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
- "Sam Burgess signs new four-year deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs".
- "South Sydney scandal: Lewd images allegedly shown on Sam Burgess' Facebook Messenger account".
- "Burgess caught up in 'sexting' scandal". 15 September 2018.
- "Sam Burgess: South Sydney player cleared by NRL 'lewd video' investigation". BBC Sport. 21 September 2018.
- "Sam Burgess explores legal options". 21 September 2018.
- "Sam Burgess hospitalised with heart drip over shoulder infection complication". News.com.au. 17 July 2019.
- "Brad Fittler lashes officials over Sam Burgess' hit on Matt Moylan". Sporting News.
- "Legends choose best of the best". NRL. 21 August 2019.
- "Phil Gould slams NRL judiciary over hair-pull suspension". Sporting News.
- "Sam Burgess in strife over 'kangaroo court' claim about judiciary". NRL. 18 September 2019.
- "NRL CEO Todd Greenberg erupts over Sam Burgess' criticism of judiciary". News.com.au. 18 September 2019.
- "South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Manly Sea Eagles 34-26 in NRL semi-final". ABC. 20 September 2019.
- "Rabbitohs dig deep to eliminate Sea Eagles in finals thriller". NRL. 20 September 2019.
- "Canberra Raiders end 25-year wait to reach NRL grand final with victory over Rabbitohs". The Guardian. Australian Associated Press. 27 September 2019.
- "Sam Burgess forced into retirement from NRL with chronic shoulder injury". ABC. 30 October 2019.
- "Court told Sam Burgess's ex-wife behind domestic violence and drug allegations". www.abc.net.au. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 7 October 2020.
- "Sam Burgess arrested after allegedly failing roadside drug test". www.theguardian.com.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Sam Burgess.|