Former England international forced to retire due to injury, aged 30

England rugby league ace Sam Burgess has announced his immediate retirement from the sport.

The 30-year-old South Sydney Rabbitohs forward has been forced to call it quits due to a chronic left shoulder injury.

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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In his retirement statement he added: “I’d like to encourage everyone to smile as they read this.

“Let’s all remember what we have done together as a club over the past decade rather than what’s not to be in the coming years.”

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