Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess is purported to be “shattered” at news that he is set to miss the All-Stars clash in February after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Burgess, who received a late call-up to represent the All-Star side this year, was keen to get involved with the concept again as he sits second in overall voting behind Eels stalwart, Nathan Hindmarsh by a mere 100 votes.

Burgess, who underwent his third shoulder reconstruction (his first on his left shoulder however), said that whilst he isn’t prepared to rule himself out of the clash completely, he concedes that he is a “very slim” chance of playing in the game.

“I get my sling off in January so I doubt I will be fit which is really disappointing,” he said. “I really enjoyed it this year; it’s a great concept. It got me off to a good start in the NRL season.

“It’s a bit more frustrating than anything, especially with the voting going so well. I don’t want to rule myself out yet … but I would be a very slim chance.”

Overview of NRL All Stars voting:
– The first player to be chosen in the NRL All Stars team will be the player who scores the highest number of overall votes in a position.
– Once a player from one club is placed in the team, no other player from that club can be chosen.
– If a player withdraws from the team due to injury, he will be replaced by someone from the bench.
– The open bench spot will then be replaced by someone from the injured player’s club, with the new player having recorded the second highest number of votes from that club, either as a forward, back or utility, depending on the position needed for the bench.

Rugby League fans are also being reminded to secure their tickets for the 2011 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars, with about 3000 tickets remaining.


By ricky

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