Joe Burgess

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Joe Burgess
Joe Burgess and a Burgess twin.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJoseph Burgess
Born (1994-10-14) 14 October 1994 (age 26)[1]
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
Height6 ft 5 in (1.95 m)
Weight15 st 6 lb (98 kg)
Playing information
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–15 Wigan Warriors 55 52 0 0 208
2016 Sydney Roosters 4 2 0 0 8
2016 South Sydney 9 5 0 0 20
2017–20 Wigan Warriors 72 55 0 0 220
2021– Salford Red Devils 1 0 0 0 0
Total 141 114 0 0 456
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2015– England 3 1 0 0 4
As of 17 June 2021
Source: [2][3]

Joe Burgess (born 14 October 1994) is an English rugby league footballer who plays as a winger for the Salford Red Devils in the Betfred Super League and England at international level.

He previously spent two spells with the Wigan Warriors in the Super League, and has also played for the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.


Joe Burgess was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England.

Playing career[edit]

Wigan academy[edit]

Burgess joined the Wigan Warriors' academy at the age of 16 from local club Ince Rose Bridge. He played a crucial part in the U19s success in the 2013 season, scoring 24 tries in just 18 appearances.[1]

Wigan Warriors[edit]

For his efforts he was rewarded with 2 appearances in the Super League in 2013, making his début and scoring a try against Hull FC.[3]

In the 2014 season he established himself as the Wigan Warriors' first choice winger, partially because of Josh Charnley's absence. This despite being so surprised at being asked to train with the first team at the start of the season that he made an offensive remark over the phone to coach Shaun Wane, believing it to be a prank.[4] On 4 April 2014, he scored 4 tries during a 52-8 victory over Dewsbury Rams. Burgess enjoyed a fantastic rookie season for the Warriors with 22 tries (17 Super League, 4 Challenge Cup, 1 World Club Challenge) from 24 games. He also marked his first taste of Super League playoff action with a try each in all three of Wigan's playoff contests. First he scored a length of the field try in Wigan's 57-4 week one demolition of the Huddersfield Giants on 18 September 2014 after catching a high ball close to his own try line and sprinted to the opposition try line to score. Then on 3 October 2014, he would score the winning try in the dying minutes of the semi final at home against the Warrington Wolves to break a 12-12 tie and send Wigan through to the 2014 Super League Grand Final with a 16-12 win. Then in the Grand Final on 11 October 2014 against archrivals St Helens he scored a try just before half time to edge Wigan 6-2 in front despite the Warriors being down to 12 men just two minutes in, but Saints would ultimately win the contest 14-6 at Old Trafford.[5][6][7]

Burgess playing for Wigan in 2015

In 2015, Burgess earned a place in the Super League Dream Team.[8][9]

He played in the 2015 Super League Grand Final defeat by the Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford.[10]

Sydney Roosters[edit]

Burgess playing for the Wyong Roos in 2016

Before the 2015 season began, Burgess confirmed he would be heading to Australia in 2016 to play in the National Rugby League with the Sydney Roosters on a three-year contract.[11] On his début, he scored both Roosters tries in their 42–10 loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs. In 2016, Burgess joined the Sydney Roosters, On 31 July 2016, Burgess played one game for The North Sydney Bears in The Intrust Super Premiership NSW after he was dropped by Souths for poor form. Burgess went on to score a first half hat trick as Norths defeated Wyong 34-10.[12] Midway through the 2016 season it was announced that Burgess would be returning to Wigan in 2017.

South Sydney Rabbitohs[edit]

Burgess playing for the North Sydney Bears in 2016

In June 2016, it was announced that Burgess had completed a mid-season loan to South Sydney for the remainder of the 2016 NRL season. Burgess impressed while at South Sydney scoring five tries in nine appearances. Despite interest from South Sydney to stay in Australia he decided his future lay at Wigan.

Return to Wigan[edit]

Burgess returned to Wigan in 2017 after the Roosters agreed to grant a release.[13]

Burgess scored a try on his second début for Wigan on 11 February against Salford Red Devils as the Warriors opened their defence of their Super League title with a 26-16 win. Burgess would also score a hat trick as Wigan won the World Club Challenge for a record fourth time as they defeated the Cronulla Sharks 22-6 on 19 February, becoming the second player in the history of the competition to score a hat trick in the game.

He made his return for the club at Salford Red Devils in Round 1 of Super League where he scored a try thanks to a George Williams grubber kick. A week later he scored a hat-trick to help Wigan win a record breaking fourth World title. He continued his sensational start to the season with two tries against Widnes before an injury in the Round 4 fixture against Leigh Centurions ruled him out for six weeks.[14] He returned on Good Friday to face old rivals St. Helens where thanks to kicks from halfback Williams he scored a brace. Due to the injury crisis at Wigan he was forced to play at centre for several matches however that didn't affect his scoring ability as he scored another brace against the Catalans Dragons in Round 11 to take his tally to 10 for the season in all competitions.

In their first Challenge Cup fixture of the year he scored another brace of tries one from his own kick through and the other from second rower Liam Farrell's kick. At the Magic Weekend in Newcastle he collected a high bomb from captain O'Loughlin to gain a draw in a dramatic match but Williams could not convert to win the game. Round 15 saw Warriors travel to St Helens where he scored off the back of yet another Williams grubber kick. Tries in the away defeats at Hull FC, and Leigh Centurions followed before a brace in the Challenge Cup quarter final at Warrington Wolves.[15]

Round 20 saw Burgess get his 19th and 20th tries of the season before scoring a hat-trick in the south of France against the Catalans Dragons. He suffered by his standards a drought and did not score for the next five matches before his 7th brace of the season in the third round of the Super 8's against Salford. His last try of the season came in the Challenge Cup final against Hull FC, his try coming as late consolation after a Liam Farrell cut out pass found him on the wing at Wembley Stadium.[16]

Burgess taking the field for Wigan at Anfield in 2019

Burgess played in the 2020 Super League Grand Final which Wigan lost 8-4 against St Helens.[17]

Salford Red Devils[edit]

On 4 December 2020, it was announced that Burgess would join Salford from the 2021 season on a two-year deal.[18]


After the 2014 Super League season, Burgess was selected in the England team for the 2014 Four Nations held in Australia and New Zealand however he did not play a match.

He earned another call-up to the England squad for their test series against New Zealand. Burgess made his début for England in a test match, before the series, against France which saw Burgess score a try in England's win over their opponents.[19][20]

Career Statistics[edit]

Club Season Appearances Tries Points
Wigan Warriors 2013 2 1 4
2014 26 24 96
2015 29 26 104
Total 57 51 204
Sydney Roosters 2016 4 2 8
South Sydney Rabbitohs 2016 9 5 20
Wigan Warriors 2017 26 26 104
Total 96 84 336


  1. ^ a b "Joe Burgess". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ Ferguson, Shawn Dollin and Andrew. "Joe Burgess - Career Stats & Summary - Rugby League Project". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Players". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "St Helens 14 Wigan Warriors 6: Moment of madness from Wales international Ben Flower costs Wigan dear". Daily Telegraph. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  6. ^ "St Helens win Grand Final after Wigan's Ben Flower is sent off". Guardian. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  7. ^ "St Helens 14–6 Wigan Warriors". BBC Sport. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  8. ^ "England demolish France 84-4 in record win". Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  9. ^ "Rugby League Scores, Fixtures & Results - Sporting Life". Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  10. ^ "Leeds pip Wigan to seal treble after brilliant, breathless Grand Final". Guardian. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Wigan Warriors: Joe Burgess to join Sydney Roosters". 22 January 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Match Report - Round Twenty One Intrust Super Premiership Bears V Roos - North Sydney Bears". 31 July 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2017.
  13. ^ Sydney Roosters release Joe Burgess back to Wigan Warriors Fox Sports 17 June 2016
  14. ^ "Trio injured in victory against Leigh". Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Challenge Cup quarter-final: Warrington Wolves 26-27 Wigan Warriors". BBC Sport. 17 June 2017. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Hull FC 18-14 Wigan recap as the Black and Whites claim back-to-back Challenge Cup triumphs". Mirror. 26 August 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  17. ^ "Super League Grand Final: Wigan 4-8 St Helens".
  18. ^ "Joe Burgess: England winger signs for Salford after leaving Wigan for second time". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
  19. ^ "England demolish France 84-4 in record win". Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  20. ^ "Rugby League Scores, Fixtures & Results - Sporting Life". Retrieved 1 August 2017.

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