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.
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.”