14 October 1994 |
|As of 7 November 2015|
|Source: Rugby League Project, Loverugbyleague.com profile|
Joe Burgess (born 14 October 1994) is an English professional rugby league player for Sydney Roosters in the NRL. He previously played for Wigan Warriors in the Super League. His position of choice is wing.
Professional playing career
Burgess joined 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. For his efforts he was rewarded with 2 appearances in Super League in 2013, making his debut and scoring a try against Hull FC.
In the 2014 season he established himself as 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. 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 arch rivals 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.
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.
In 2015, Burgess earned a place in the Super League Dream Team and another call-up to the England squad for their test series against New Zealand. Burgess made his debut for England in a test match, before the series, against France which saw Burgess score a try in England's win over their opponents.
- "Joe Burgess". wiganwarriors.com. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- "England demolish France 84-4 in record win". Skysports.com. Retrieved 24 October 2015.