England forward Sam Burgess receives apology after being hit with stick

Sam Burgess of England celebrates scoring his sides third try during the Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and England at Wembley Stadium on November 23, 2013
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England rugby league forward Sam Burgess receives an apology after an opposition fan hit him over the head with a stick following an NRL match.

England rugby league international Sam Burgess has received an apology after an opposition fan hit him with a stick at the end of a match.

The former Bradford Bulls prop was struck over the head as he headed off the pitch during an NRL match in Australia, where he plays for South Sydney.

A statement from the club said: "The fan has unreservedly apologised for causing any harm to the NRL and the [Penrith] Panthers. They have also offered an apology to Sam and the South Sydney club.

"Appropriate action has been taken against the fan and Panthers, Souths and the NRL are satisfied that the matter has now been resolved."

Burgess will switch rugby codes later year when he joins Aviva Premiership side Bath.

Andy Farrell, the England backs coach looks on during the England training session held at West Park Leeds Rugby Club on October 23, 2013
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