Sam Burgess cleared of serious neck injury following collision

The England back was stretchered from the field over the weekend

Sam Burgess has been cleared of serious neck and spinal injuries following a collision which saw him stretchered from the field, South Sydney Rabbitohs confirmed today.

The 27-year-old was cleared of any neck or spinal injury following a head clash with compatriot Mike Cooper, but will will undergo MRI and CT scans to monitor his condition for damage to muscles around the neck and spine.

“We’re all very happy to know that Sam hasn’t suffered any serious injuries from yesterday’s game,” coach Michael Maguire told the club's official website.

“I spoke to Sam and he feels very lucky and he wants to thank the medical staff from both the Rabbitohs and Dragons for their professionalism, the doctors and hospital staff who cared for him last night and this morning, as well as the Members and fans for their support and kind words.

“We will continue to monitor Sam’s welfare and he knows he is in the best of hands with our medical staff as we move forward.”

Burgess is expected to be released from hospital either today or tomorrow.