South Sydney Rabbitohs have been given dispensation by the NRL for Sam Burgess’ wages.
Burgess was forced to retire after the discovery of a shoulder injury earlier this year. He was contracted at the Rabbitohs until 2023.
After doing their own checks, the NRL came to the conclusion that his injury was not pre-existing and was picked up during the duration of his current contract.
As a result, the Rabbitohs do not have to count the remainder of Burgess’ salary as part of the cap.
The former England international will still get the remainder of his salary. But he will get in instalments over the next few years.
The club said in a statement.”The South Sydney Rabbitohs welcome the determination from the NRL today that the remainder of Sam Burgess’ contract will be exempt from the Club’s salary cap for 2020 and beyond under PCR Rule 86 (Medical Termination),”
“The Rabbitohs thank the NRL and its salary cap auditors for its patience throughout the application process. Whilst disappointed that Sam is no longer able to take the field for South Sydney due to injury, the club looks forward to moving on towards season 2020.”