Outgoing Rabbitohs lock-forward Sam Burgess told the rugby league media that he was humbled to receive the RLIF International Player of the year award at a press conference yesterday.

“I’m really humbled to receive it,” admitted Burgess.

“I think the football that we’ve seen played this year has been fantastic, so to receive the award, I’m really humbled about it.”  

Burgess admitted that the honour was an unexpected one, especially considering he wasn’t even meant to be in the country. But after undergoing facial surgery following his heroics in the Rabbitohs’ 21st Premiership win, Burgess’ plans were put on hold, allowing the forward to attend the event.

“It’s unexpected really,” said Burgess.         

“I wasn’t supposed to be in the country if I’m honest – I was meant to be out of here a couple of weeks ago, but with the face, I had to stay around. But this is great is great mate.”

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