James Graham has hailed the retiring Sam Burgess as one of the best players ever to pull on a Great Britain shirt.

Burgess announced this morning his intention to retire from playing due to a serious shoulder injury.

And Graham has joined countless players, coaches and fans in paying tribute to the star.

He said: “He’s one of England and Great Britain’s greatest I would say.

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“He’s earned that right to be in that ilk – one of the NRL’s greatest players of a generation.

“He has risen to super-stardom and is an international superstar, but he’s still a lad from Yorkshire you can sit and have a beer or coffee with and chat about life with.

“It must be incredibly hard to hold on to that and not get caught up with the super-stardom.

“Credit to him for still being that lad from Dewsbury.”