Wayne Bennett wants investigation after Sam Burgess, Matt Gillett retirements


“I was talking to Benji [Marshall] before about it, and without making a headline, it’s the most common injury we have at the moment – a lot of players are having multiple operations on their shoulder.

“Benji reminded me he’s had five and he’s still going. Some of them don’t.

“It’s something we need to look at and why that type of injury is happening and finishing guys’ careers a lot earlier than we all thought they would.”

Bennett, who is coaching the British side, kept his response short when asked about moving forward at Souths without the superstar Englishman.

“I’m fine. I’m happy for him. He doesn’t have to go through all the pain any more.”

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Souths could be forced to wait until Christmas before learning if Burgess’ salary is excluded from their cap.

Should the governing body give Souths the green light, it will leave the Redfern club with a whopping war chest, especially with the forced retirement of Greg Inglis at the start of the season.

Inglis also battled his own shoulder niggles before last season kicked off.

Meninga said you would never stop injuries happening in contact sport while Kangaroos skipper Boyd Cordner said it was a shame Burgess and Gillett, 30 and 31 respectively, did not bow out on their terms.

Former Sydney Roosters doctor Ameer Ibrahim said there would be up to half a dozen shoulder surgeries involving the club’s youngsters in the under-20s system each year.

Ibrahim told the Herald they would try to identify young players who were at risk of suffering shoulder damage and put in place weight programs, and “in extreme cases strapped kids’ shoulders as a preventative measure”.

Shoulder damage at a young age, said Ibrahim, led to the risk of “suffering traumatic dislocation” at the back end of a player’s career.

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