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Sam Burgess breaks cheekbone in first minute, plays on and wins NRL title

BY Grant Constable  ·  Monday Oct 6, 2014

Rugby League star Sam Burgess will be switching to Union to join Bath Rugby in England soon, but this past weekend he had one more League match to play, in the NRL Grand Final. In the opening seconds Englishman Burgess carried the ball up but got a head in the cheek, causing the fracture. It didn’t deter him though.

The hardman will be joining Bath soon and England fans cannot wait, as the rugby league star is thought to be a serious prospect ahead of next year’s Rugby World Cup.

He doesn’t have a lot of time to make an impact, but make an impact he will, and if all goes to plan for the fans, he could be playing Test rugby sooner than later.

Unfortunately the 25-year-old will undergo surgery on the cheekbone on Tuesday, so will be out of action for six weeks. His three-year Bath contract was set to commence with a LV= Cup outing in November, but that much anticipated debut may have to be put on hold.

On Sunday he helped the South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first NRL Grand Title in 43 years as they beat the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-6. He won Man of the Match, becoming the first non-Australian to win the Clive Churchill medal. As you can see in the below video, he took a big knock early on.

Burgess has been touted to play in the midfield in Rugby Union. Where would you play him?

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