Burgess’ younger brother George told Channel 9 he isn’t sure whether Sam is planning to play in 2020 or walk away. Medical retirement is a cold and clinical term, and Burgess was never either of those things.

NRL star Sam Burgess has ditched his own retirement announcement to party on a beach while his devastated fans contemplate life without him. “He’s always been tough, and he is brave. A shell-shocked Sam Burgess could announce his retirement from rugby league as early as next week, according to multiple reports. Luke Burgess was spotted leaving the resort of Cabo San Lucas, where little brother Sam has been seen partying in recent days. South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett insists the rugby league career of his club captain Sam Burgess isn’t over, despite reports the player could be forced into early retirement. Sam shocked the NRL world on Wednesday when he confirmed his retirement from the game after aggravating a chronic left shoulder injury. There was no way for Burgess to age gracefully because he cannot play any other way.