Sunday 25 September 2016

Watch: Sam Burgess' mother in tears as Rugby League star suffers sickening head collision

Published 20/03/2016 | 10:26

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs is taken from the field on a media cab during the round three NRL match between the St George Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs is taken from the field on a media cab during the round three NRL match between the St George Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Sydney Cricket Ground on March 20, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sam Burgess preferred the constant crash balls of Rugby League to Rugby Union's more stop-start nature but this morning was a reminder of how dangerous those consistent head on collisions can be.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs star Slammin' Sam lay prone on the ground following an ugly clash of heads with Mike Cooper as he took the ball into contact. Immediately, Burgess dropped the ball and as he lay on the ground, concern for the code-hopping behemoth was obvious.

Gladiatorial team owner Russell Crowe looked on somberly from the crowd while Burgess' mother Julie was in tears.

Thankfully, South Sydney coach Michael Maguire spoke positively of his player's condition after the game.

"The doctor was pretty positive," he said to the Australian Daily Telegraph.

“He obviously had a bit of tingling down through one arm and they go through all the right processes. From what I have been told he was pretty positive when they put him in the ambulance. We will have to wait and see about the scans. Those sort of things are never nice but Sammy is in a pretty good head space from what I am told.”

Burgess arrived to the sport of Rugby Union in 2014 surrounded by massive hype and despite being parachuted into England's World Cup starting line-up after less than one season in the sport, he returned to Australia and Rugby League after a disappointing tournament, after which he was heavily criticised.

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