Supercoach Wayne Bennett urges the NRL to focus on the well-being of players after Sam Burgess and Matt Gillett were forced to retire early due to injuries
- Wayne Bennett wondered if the NRL should look at injuries
- Sam Burgess and Matt Gillett were both forced to retire early this week
- Bennett said NRL needed to find out why players stopped the game early
Wayne Bennett has wondered whether the NRL should investigate why two players are forced to retire in one week due to an injury.
Less than a day after Sam Burgess, 30, announced his departure from the game, 31-year-old Matt Gillett also hung up with a career-ending shoulder injury.
& # 39; I think it is something to watch in the game, why so many such injuries happen and why it ends the boys' career much earlier than we all thought, & # 39; said Bennett on Friday.
Wayne Bennett (left, with Russell Crowe) wondered if the NRL should investigate why two players were forced to retire in one week due to an injury
In emotional scenes on Thursday 31-year-old Matt Gillett (photo) thanked the Broncos, his fans and teammates
Sam Burgess & # 39; mother Julie (both pictured together) praised his & # 39; compassion & love for life in a flowing tribute the day after his retirement
Burgess left the rugby league on Wednesday months after a serious shoulder injury that took two years to heal.
His mother Julie praised his & # 39; compassion & # 39; and love for life in a flowing tribute a day after his retirement.
Julie Burgess did not mention the legal misery of the South Sydney attacker after his divorce with wife Phoebe.
Sam was charged with intimidating Phoebe & # 39; s father Mitchell Hooke about an alleged incident at the Bowral property on October 19.
The police also served the Rabbitohs champion last week with an AVO that ordered him to stay away from Mr. Hooke and the chic estate where Phoebe is hiding.
In an Instagram post, Julie Sam named an & # 39; exceptional person & # 39; that & # 39; was hard to find & # 39; and he talked about his rise in junior figures from five years to his NRL premiership in 2014.
& # 39; Cheeky, funny, happy, kind, compassionate, caring, generous, talented and a lover of life! & # 39; she wrote.
& # 39; I think I've probably seen you play 95 percent of your games since the age of 5 … that's 25 years that flew by in an instant.
& # 39; As a child who grew up, you always played with a cheeky (cute) smile on your face and just loved being in your boots, rugby set and beyond, whatever the weather. & # 39;
Meanwhile, Gillett was forced to retire on Thursday after having sustained a serious shoulder injury at the end of the 2019 season.
Doctors informed that the 31-year-old shoulder operation was not an option and he risked serious and long-term damage if he continued to play.
Maroons and Kangaroos player Matt Gillett (pictured with wife Skye and children Harper (right) and Hunter) accepted the medical advice and announced his retirement on Thursday with immediate effect
The stressed Maroons and Kangaroos player accepted the medical advice and announced his retirement on Thursday, with immediate effect.
& # 39; It's a really tough decision, but in the end my family is the most important & # 39 ;, said an emotional Gillett.
& # 39; Although it is very difficult today, I know that I look back on my career and am thankful for what I have achieved and the friends I made during the trip.
& # 39; I have enough to be thankful for – I have been part of a great club here at the Broncos throughout my career. I played for my state and for my country with some legends of the game. & # 39;
Broncos coach Anthony Seibold also paid tribute to Gillett and said he had proven himself as a hardworking and humble man.
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