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Burgess Wins Fourth Jack Rayner Player’s Player Award

Sam Burgess has been judged by his fellow team mates as the best player of season 2016, taking out the Jack Rayner Players’ Player Award in 2016, the fourth time in his career that he has won this prestigious award.

During 23 appearances in his return to the code after a short switch to rugby union, Burgess tallied a total of 399 runs in the 2016 season which was recorded as the third highest across the NRL. He made the fifth highest amount of offloads totalling 49 for the season and topped the Rabbitohs’ statistics with an impressive 1170.6 post contact metres.

The Players’ Player award is named after legendary Rabbitohs player and coach, Jack Rayner. Rayner won five Premierships with South Sydney in six seasons in the Club’s golden era between 1950 and 1955, as both Captain and Captain/Coach. His legacy at the Rabbitohs lives on to this day, remembered as an honest, tough, hardworking forward during the days when some of the most brutal Rugby League was played.

Burgess was presented the award by Rabbitohs General Manager of Football, Shane Richardson alongside Paul Dunbavin and Brett Chaloner from the 2nd Commando Regiment on behalf of the Rayner family.

Congratulations to Sam Burgess for claiming the fourth Jack Rayner Players’ Player Award of his career.


Previous Winners:

2003 – Luke Stuart

2004 – Ashley Harrison

2005 – Peter Cusack

2006 – Nathan Merritt

2007 – Roy Asotasi

2008 – Luke Stuart and Nathan Merritt

2009 – Luke Stuart

2010 – Sam Burgess

2011 – Chris Sandow

2012 – Greg Inglis

2013 - Sam Burgess

2014 – Sam Burgess

2015 – Greg Inglis


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Tooheys New Fan Player of the Year

Sands Wins NYC Best and Fairest Award

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