For Rabbitohs Members and supporters, big Sammy needs no introduction following his most recent outing in a Red and Green jersey – the 2014 Grand Final.
Burgess was a man on a mission in 2014 and never was that fact more apparent than in that year’s decider, when he played the entire match with multiple fractures to his cheek-bone and eye-socket, etching his name into Rabbitohs Premiership history for his heroics as a result.
Burgess enjoyed what many would agree was his best season so far in 2014 – being recognised as the Dally M Lock of the Year before going on to claim Premiership success and the Clive Churchill Medal.
In his 26 appearances in 2014, ‘Slammin’ Sam scored 10 tries for 40 points, averaging 35.2 tackles and a whopping 178.4 metres per game. Add in 66 tackle breaks, 13 line-breaks and 61 offloads, and Burgess was without doubt one of the side’s hardest working players in season 2014.
After a one year stint in Rugby Union, where he became a dual-international, Burgess returns to the Rabbitohs in 2016.