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Sport Meninga leads Sam Burgess tributes

05:30  30 october  2019
05:30  30 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Sam Burgess is hit with an AVO 'after clashing with his estranged wife Phoebe's father' while the NRL star was visiting his children at her parents' home

  Sam Burgess is hit with an AVO 'after clashing with his estranged wife Phoebe's father' while the NRL star was visiting his children at her parents' home Burgess was visiting his children at his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke's home in Bowral on Saturday when the pair were involved in a verbal altercation.Police have taken out a temporary apprehended violence order out on NRL star Sam Burgess on behalf of the father of his estranged wife Phoebe.

Rugby league immortal Mal Meninga has rated Sam Burgess among the top two Englishmen to play in the NRL as the South Sydney captain's retirement looms. South Sydney are expected to confirm the end of Burgess 's rugby league career on Wednesday afternoon, after another shoulder injury ended

Former England captain Sam Burgess is forced to retire at the age of 30 because of a a chronic shoulder injury. Burgess , 30, is one of the sport's biggest names and has played for South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia's National Rugby League since 2010.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20:  Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs walks onto the field during the NRL Semi Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)© 2019 Getty Images SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs walks onto the field during the NRL Semi Final match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Manly Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) Mal Meninga has labelled the impending retirement of Sam Burgess "tragic", hailing him as one of the best Englishmen he has seen play in the NRL.

South Sydney are expected to confirm the end of Burgess's rugby league career on Wednesday afternoon, after another shoulder injury ended his hopes of playing on in 2020.

The news will bring to an end the career of one of the greats of the modern era, after he arrived at the Rabbitohs in 2010 and was their best player in their drought-breaking 2014 premiership success.

Josh Papalii in doubt for Kangaroos Test

  Josh Papalii in doubt for Kangaroos Test Kangaroos prop Josh Papalii is in doubt to play the Kiwis in Wollongong despite scans clearing the Test and Origin star of a serious chest injury.The Canberra front-rower injured his sternum cartilage in the NRL grand final earlier this month and he failed to finish Kangaroos training on Tuesday.

For Sam Burgess ’s brothers, South’s giants George and Tom, the opportunity is there to break enough droughts in two months to be accredited as Sean O’Loughlin’s thigh injury means James Graham will lead England on Saturday. This marks a measure of redemption for the Canterbury Bulldogs prop

Sam Burgess has insisted nothing will change as he prepares to captain England in the Rugby League World Cup final against Australia after Sean O’Loughlin was ruled out through injury.

"He's been a great warrior and fella for our game," Kangaroos coach Meninga said from their camp in Auckland.

"That is sad news for our game. Knowing Sam he will be disappointed. It's tragic.

"He doesn't deserve to go out that way. He deserves to go out on his own terms.

"For an injury to prevent him from playing any more, it's a real tragedy."

Burgess's last game will be the Rabbitohs' preliminary final loss to Canberra, where the 30-year-old left the field late through injury.

At the time of his arrival in the NRL, he was one of just three Englishmen - with Gareth Ellis and Mark Flanagan the other two at the Wests Tigers.

Meninga - a rugby league immortal - believed Burgess helped change the game by opening the door for several other English stars to join him in Australia.

Shocked Burgess could retire from NRL this week

  Shocked Burgess could retire from NRL this week Rabbitohs hero Sam Burgess could retire from rugby league as soon as this week, Danny Weidler has revealed. Weidler wrote in his Sun Herald column that the Rabbitohs board would be told Burgess needed to retire due to a post-surgery infection in his left shoulder."We will learn more in coming days as Souths deal with medical reports. A retirement media conference for Burgess is on the cards this week," Weidler wrote.Burgess also reportedly told an audience during a recent golf day that "it wasn't looking good" when it came to playing in the NRL again.

Bath announce England rugby league forward Sam Burgess will join them on a three-year contract in October. "With 2015 being a Rugby World Cup, it was an opportunity I had to pursue," Burgess said. "I can't wait to get my head down and start learning the game."

NRL WAG Phoebe Burgess and partner Sam first public outing at the races in a video posted to her Instagram story.

"In my time he is certainly No.1 or No.2 (as far as the best Englishmen in the NRL)," Meninga said.

"I think Ellery Hanley was probably in that space as well.

"But in my time, he has done a fantastic job for England and paved the way for more Englishman to come out.

"He's been a great pioneer for them."

Meninga's comments come after NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg on Tuesday described the 30-year-old Burgess as an ornament of the game, as speculation over the Souths star's future mounted.

"He's the sort of player people want to watch," Greenberg said.

"He's the sort of player I like to watch...

"He's been a great competitor in our game, he's one of the best."

Mal Meninga responds to scathing Kangaroos criticism from Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler .
Ex-Australia stars Johns and Fittler were scathing in their criticism of Meninga’s Kangaroos on Saturday night.Fittler and Johns led the outrage after the top-ranked Kangaroos suffered their first loss against tier-two Tonga at Eden Park.

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