England have suffered a big blow to their World Cup hopes after forward Sam Burgess is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks with medial ligament damage.
Coach Wayne Bennett confirmed Burgess suffered the injury.
Sam Burgess has been appointed as the new captain of England, head coach Wayne Bennett has announced.
The announcement was made by new England head coach Wayne Bennett at a press conference at the team's hotel in London.
The 27-year-old South Sydney forward has been chosen, ahead of former St Helens prop James Graham, as the successor to Wigan loose forward Sean O'Loughlin, who was last week ruled out of the Ladbrokes Four Nations Series through injury.
"Sam will be our captain," Bennett said. "He leads from the front."
England rugby league star Sam Burgess is undergoing hospital scans after suffering a neck injury whilst playing for his club in Australia.
The 27-year-old was involved in an accidental clash of heads with another Englishman, former Warrington prop Mike Cooper, in the 58th minute of South Sydney's round three NRL clash with St George Illawarra.
Burgess, who was playing only his third game back following his nine-month stint in rugby union with Bath and England, lowered his head as he ran into a wall of Dragons defenders and, upon impact, immediately fell to the ground.
Burgess lay prone on the turf for several minutes as he was treated by medical personnel before being carried off on a stretcher and rushed to the nearby St Vincent's Hospital.
The Rabbitohs were trailing 8-6 at the time and no more points were scored following the incident.
Sam Burgess celebrated his return to rugby league with a try and a man-of-the-match performance in South Sydney's 22-20 win over Gold Coast Titans in a pre-season friendly on Australia's Gold Coast.
The former Bradford forward has rejoined the Rabbitohs after an abortive spell in rugby union with Bath and England and it was if he had never been away.
The Sydney club's 2014 grand final hero capped an impressive return with a 55th-minute solo try, although he was quick to play down his contribution.
"I just sat and listened to the press conference with (captain) Greg (Inglis) and Madge (coach Michael Maguire)," Burgess told the Sydney Morning Herald. "Every second question was about me.
"I don't want to say anything wrong but it's probably a little bit unfair to the team.
"It's not about me. I've come back to play at Souths but I think we need to chill out a bit. I've said before, I'm a small part of a big team and here to do my job like everyone else."
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He is joined by brother Tom, former St Helens forward James Graham and Halifax-born stand-off Gareth Widdop.
Cameron Smith will captain the side while Johnathan Thurston will lead the Indigenous team, who are aiming to win the annual pre-season fixture for the third time in a row.
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Sam Burgess has left Bath with immediate effect and agreed a deal to move back to rugby league with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, the Australian club has confirmed.
Burgess said: "I want to thank everyone at England Rugby and Bath for some great memories over the last 12 months.
“I must also thank Bath especially for granting my release to return home to my family who I have missed more than I could have imagined.
"I had a wonderful time in England and learnt a lot about the game of Rugby Union as both a back and a forward, and I have definitely developed as an all-round player and athlete after that."
Stuart Lancaster included Burgess in the England squad which crashed out of their home World Cup in the group stages.
He was given time off by Bath coach Mike Ford after the disastrous World Cup campaign and now appears to have played his last game of rugby union.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Bath owner Bruce Craig stated that Burgess would be seeing out the remainder of his contract.