Sam Burgess will undergo surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone after a collision during Sunday’s NRL grand final.
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South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess will undergo surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone after a collision during last night’s NRL grand final.
Burgess won the Clive Churchill Medal after putting in a heroic performance and helped his side clinch its first premiership in 43 years.
The 25-year-old suffered the injury in the opening hit up of the match after an accidental head clash with fellow Englishman James Graham.
“The doc seems to think I’ll need surgery on my face tomorrow. This cheek, it’s gone inwards,” Burgess said.
“I’d imagine I’ll be getting it fixed over the next 24 hours.”
Despite the pain, Burgess said he never thought about leaving the field.
“The joy is over-riding the pain at the moment,” he said after the match.
“I wasn’t really listening to what he (doctor) was saying to be honest, my teammates really helped me through the process.
“I just had to get on with it I guess… nothing was going to stop me enjoying that ride and that moment with the team tonight.
“We’ve worked for this day from November 1, so there was no chance I was missing out.”
Burgess will now head back to England after signing with Bath in the Aviva Premiership.