Sam Burgess announces rugby league retirement with immediate effect

England international Sam Burgess has announced his immediate retirement from rugby league, his club said.

South Sydney Rabbitohs said their captain has been forced to quit the sport due to a chronic left shoulder injury.

The 30-year-old previously played for Bradford Bulls before appearing 172 times for the National Rugby League’s Rabbitohs.

He was part of the Souths side that won the 2014 Grand Final, suffering a fractured eye socket and cheek bone in the first tackle of the game but continued to play in the win over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

For his performance, he won the Clive Churchill medal as man of the match.

He also played 24 Tests for his country and had two appearances for Great Britain.

He had a brief sojourn from the sport when he switched to rugby union and represented Bath in 2014-15 as well as turning out for England during its home Rugby World Cup.

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