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Australia NRL vows to come down hard on Sam Burgess if allegations are proven

11:00  02 october  2020
11:00  02 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

NRL star Sam Burgess rejects allegations in a newspaper report

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The NRL has vowed to take the 'strongest possible action' if bombshell allegations about Sam Burgess ' personal life are proven to be true. The former Rabbitohs star was the subject of an explosive article by The Australian, which published claims about his marriage and wild lifestyle. In the wake of

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Sam Burgess, Sam Burgess are posing for a picture: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

The NRL has vowed to take the 'strongest possible action' if bombshell allegations about Sam Burgess' personal life are proven to be true.

The former Rabbitohs star was the subject of an explosive article by The Australian, which published claims about his marriage and wild lifestyle.

In the wake of the allegations, the 31-year-old stood down from his roles as Rabbitohs coaching assistant and Fox Sports commentator.

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Makeup-free WAG Phoebe Burgess and her NRL star husband Sam stroll hand-in-hand as they enjoy a romantic outing in Sydney. Speaking to the publication, the new mother admitted that Sam has completely embraced the ups and downs of fatherhood.

The NRL and NSW Police have both launched investigations into the allegations.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the claims against Burgess are 'very serious allegations', which are 'new information' to the league.

Sam Burgess wearing a suit and a woman posing for a picture: The NRL has vowed to take the 'strongest possible action' if bombshell allegations about Sam Burgess' personal life are proven to be true. Burgess is pictured with his ex-wife Phoebe in 2016 © Provided by Daily Mail The NRL has vowed to take the 'strongest possible action' if bombshell allegations about Sam Burgess' personal life are proven to be true. Burgess is pictured with his ex-wife Phoebe in 2016 Sam Burgess standing in front of a crowd of people watching a football game: Explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player's wild lifestyle were published on Thursday night by The Australian © Provided by Daily Mail Explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player's wild lifestyle were published on Thursday night by The Australian

'It's important we stay calm and we conduct a thorough investigation,' he said on Friday afternoon.

'We will look to work with the club to find out what happened and to get to the bottom of the facts.'

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Mr Abdo said the NRL would also cooperate with the NSW Police, who have begun their own investigation into the matter.

'If these allegations are proven, we will take the strongest possible action that we can,' he said.

'The NRL, the commission, do not condone violence, abuse, intimidation of anyone, let alone a woman.'

Mr Abdo added the allegations are 'new information to the NRL'.

'The allegations that were made and what was written in The Australian today is new information to the NRL,' he said.

The league will not take action based off allegations, Mr Abdo said.

'However, I believe that Sam Burgess has stood himself down from South Sydney Rabbitohs duties this weekend,' he said.

'And I also believe that he has stood down from Fox Sports as well.'

a man wearing a suit and tie: NRL CEO Andrew Abdo (pictured on Friday) said the claims against Burgess are 'very serious allegations', which are 'new information' to the league © Provided by Daily Mail NRL CEO Andrew Abdo (pictured on Friday) said the claims against Burgess are 'very serious allegations', which are 'new information' to the league The four-month investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Russell Crowe - who owns the NRL club © Provided by Daily Mail The four-month investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Russell Crowe - who owns the NRL club

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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Staff members at South Sydney Rabbitohs have also been accused of covering up Burgess' alleged indiscretions.

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.

The newspaper 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

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

NSW Police said they would be conducting their own investigation.

'On Wednesday 30 September 2020, officers from The Hume Police District received a report outlining various allegations relating to the conduct of a 31-year-old man,' a NSW Police Force spokesperson said.

'Police have commenced inquiries and as these inquiries are in their infancy, no further comment will be provided at this time.'

Peter V'landys, the chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, on Friday morning said the NRL would investigate the allegations.

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

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

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

The matriarch supporting Sam Burgess through the fight of his life

  The matriarch supporting Sam Burgess through the fight of his life With the hood of her grey jumper over her head and sunglasses hiding her face, Julie Burgess did not look like someone you want to mess with as she emerged from crisis talks with embattled son Sam.Standing at over 190cm tall, the matriarch of rugby league's most famous family has a reputation - much like her four sons - for being a fierce competitor and is unashamedly defensive of her boys.

'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.

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

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.

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.

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 Read more

Sam Burgess poses with his mum while enjoying the Rabbitohs game .
Mrs Burgess uploaded a picture of the pair in Twitter on Saturday night as the family continue to rally around the 31-year-old following a raft of explosive allegations of his personal life.Mrs Burgess shared a photo of the pair on Saturday night as the family continues to rally around the 31-year-old following a raft of allegations about his personal life.

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