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Australia NRL star Sam Burgess rejects allegations in a newspaper report

04:30  02 october  2020
04:30  02 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Sam Burgess, Russell Crowe, Sam Burgess posing for the camera: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

NRL star Sam Burgess has rejected serious allegations about his marriage and wild lifestyle after they were published in a newspaper report.

The explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player were published on Thursday night by The Australian.

The article included text messages Burgess' ex-wife Phoebe allegedly sent to Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who owns the NRL club.

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The lawyer acting for Burgess, Mark O'Brien, strongly denied all allegations.

'The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client,' Mr O'Brien said.

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The investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Crowe in November 2018.

'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to the actor.

'He might need a good friend because he is just not our Sam.'

graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message: 'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to Russell Crowe about Sam Burgess © Provided by Daily Mail 'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to Russell Crowe about Sam Burgess Sam Burgess, Doretta Papadimitriou posing for the camera: Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy © Provided by Daily Mail Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy

The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation came to light.

'Phoebe why did you message RC saying everything,' Burgess allegedly wrote.

'What are you trying to solve here.'

Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy.

Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalised in April.

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They also have a daughter, Poppy.

graphical user interface, text, application, chat or text message: The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation with the Hollywood actor came to light © Provided by Daily Mail The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation with the Hollywood actor came to light Sam Burgess et al. standing in front of a cake: The former couple are seen together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018 © Provided by Daily Mail The former couple are seen together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018

Peter V'landys, the chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, announced the NRL would investigate the allegations.

Mr V'landys added that every person in the community deserves due process and natural justice.

'The allegations have to be tested and we have to undertake an investigation,' he told The Daily Telegraph.

'We should have no prejudgement. Both Sam and the club should be afforded that.'

'We are taking the matter pretty serious because these are serious allegations.'

Mr V'landys was also asked whether Burgess would be allowed to remain in the Rabbitohs COVID-19 safe 'bubble' ahead of this weekend's finals match.

'Again, at this stage they are allegations. We will start up an immediate investigation and see what evidence we can get,' he said.

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Mr V'landys said the NRL would take appropriate action if sufficient evidence is gathered.

a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Peter V'landys (pictured), the chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, announced the NRL would investigate the allegations published in The Australian © Provided by Daily Mail Peter V'landys (pictured), the chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, announced the NRL would investigate the allegations published in The Australian Sam Burgess and woman posing for a photo: Burgess and Phoebe (pictured) together have two children, Poppy and Billy © Provided by Daily Mail Burgess and Phoebe (pictured) together have two children, Poppy and Billy

Last year, an apprehended violence order against Sam Burgess was taken out by police to protect Phoebe's father Mitchell Hooke.

The AVO came after an alleged domestic violence incident at Mr Hooke's property in Glenquarry, in the NSW Southern Highlands, on October 19.

Burgess was charged with domestic violence-related intimidation. He has pleaded not guilty.

The matter is due in court in November.

Sam Burgess with a football ball: Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs © Provided by Daily Mail Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs

Burgess was 21 years old when he joined the Rabbitohs in 2010.

In two stints between 2008 and 2019 he played rugby league for England, including at the 2017 World Cup, and in 2007 represented Great Britain.

Burgess was lured to rugby union in 2014 and joined Bath in England.

In 2015, he was whisked into Stuart Lancaster's ill-fated World Cup squad just nine months after his union debut. England failed to get beyond the pool stage of their home tournament.

After they crashed out, Burgess quit union and tore up his contract with Bath, returning to Australia and rugby league.

He retired last October, but stayed at the Rabbitohs where he is now a coach.

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