Sam Burgess
Sam Burgess suffered an injury against St George Illawarra Dragons on 20 March Getty

South Sydney Rabbitohs captain Sam Burgess has been cleared of a serious injury after he was involved in a sickening collision during the rugby game against St George Illawarra Dragons on 20 March (Sunday). MRI and CT scans revealed there was no damage to his vertebrae or spinal cord. The England international fell awkwardly and didn't get up after ducking his head in a tackle leading to the game being suspended.

The incident saw a hush fall over the crowd, with footage showing the forward's mother Julie crying while co-owner and famous actor Russell Crowe looked concerned while sitting on the stands. Concerns over a possible neck injury were thwarted with Burgess tweeting to give an update and also thank his fans for the support.

"We're all very happy to know that Sam hasn't suffered any serious injuries from yesterday's game," Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said expressing his delight, as quoted by Sydney Morning Herald.

"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."

Not just fans, a number of fellow sports persons also tweeted expressing their concern and support for Burgess and wishing him well.

Good effort and great win today in tough conditions! Hoping @SamBurgess8 is all good and nothing serious! #speedyrecovery #ontothenext

— Josh Dugan (@Josh_Dugan) March 20, 2016

Pray you're ok brother @SamBurgess8

— Danny Cipriani (@DannyCipriani87) March 20, 2016