England test star Sam Burgess retires with shoulder injury

SYDNEY (AP) – England international Sam Burgess said he had no choice but to retire from the National Rugby League because of a chronic left shoulder injury.

Burgess confirmed yesterday he had played his 182nd and final game for South Sydney after the extent of the injury became apparent following a routine operation.

“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,” the Souths captain said. “I am no longer able to be myself day-in, day-out on the training field and consequently the playing field.”

The 30-year-old forward’s retirement comes with three years remaining on his multi-million-dollar contract. He was personally recruited by Souths co-owner and actor Russell Crowe ahead of the 2010 season and won the Clive Churchill medal as the most valuable player in their 2014 grand final win.

File photo shows England’s Sam Burgess (R) chased by Australian players during the Four Nations Rugby League series at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Australia. PHOTO: AP