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Australia Sam Burgess to coach South Sydney's youth despite serious allegations

04:50  09 october  2020
04:50  09 october  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

NRL star Sam Burgess rejects allegations in a newspaper report

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Souths stand by Sam Burgess and say he WILL mentor young players despite allegations about Burgess is still lined up to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs' under-19 squad Despite accusations relating to his marriage and claims of excessive partying

The Australian published serious allegations about Sam Burgess ' personal life. Among the major allegations were claims of an incident at the Burgess mansion in Maroubra, in Sydney ' s east, in Burgess was pictured walking out of the couple's home in south -east Sydney with three fully packed

Sam Burgess, Sam Burgess, Sam Burgess, Luke Burgess, Julie Burgess, Tom Burgess posing for a photo: MailOnline logo © Provided by Daily Mail MailOnline logo

NRL star Sam Burgess is still set to coach the South Sydney Rabbitohs' up-and-coming young players despite serious allegations about his professional and personal life.

An article in The Australian newspaper last week contained bombshell accusations about his behaviour towards his ex-wife Phoebe and claims of excessive partying.

The claims have sparked an NRL Integrity Unit investigation as well as the launching of a police strike force, but Rabbitohs chief executive Blake Solly said plans were still going ahead for the 31-year-old to coach the club's under-19s squad.

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  Rabbits in the spotlight as Burgess allegations go public Attention is set to turn to just what South Sydney knew about the alleged actions of their former star forward, who is now the subject of a criminal investigation.A few months ago, he stopped working for Fox Sports amid rumours about his lifestyle and joined Souths players and coaches in their biosecurity bubble. Burgess had been given a chance to straighten himself out, appointed to the coaching team and mentored by one of the game's most respected figures, Wayne Bennett. He looks so fit that there has been speculation about a playing comeback.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs have launched an investigation into claims made by the Daily Telegraph about an alleged incident involving Burgess ' verified social media account. Rugby League star Sam Burgess is at the centre of a sexting storm in AustraliaCredit: Getty Images.

The move comes despite Burgess standing himself down from his off-field coaching role with the club and commentary role with Fox Sports in the wake of the accusations.

Mr Solly brought up Burgess' appointment as the coach of the junior team - which plays in New South Wales' S.G. Ball Cup competition - in a question-and-answer video interview with fans on Thursday.

a smiling man and woman posing for a picture: Embattled retired footy star Sam Burgess pictured with his ex-wife Phoebe. He is still in line to be a coach in the South Sydney Rabbitohs youth set-up despite allegations being raised about his behaviour towards Phoebe and claims of excessive partying © Provided by Daily Mail Embattled retired footy star Sam Burgess pictured with his ex-wife Phoebe. He is still in line to be a coach in the South Sydney Rabbitohs youth set-up despite allegations being raised about his behaviour towards Phoebe and claims of excessive partying Sam Burgess, Luke Burgess, Tom Burgess, Tom Burgess posing for the camera: Sam Burgess pictured left with his three brothers and mother Julie Burgess after the Rabbitohs' drought-breaking premiership in 2014. The 31-year-old stood down from his off-field coaching role in the wake of the allegations © Provided by Daily Mail Sam Burgess pictured left with his three brothers and mother Julie Burgess after the Rabbitohs' drought-breaking premiership in 2014. The 31-year-old stood down from his off-field coaching role in the wake of the allegations

'Sam Burgess and John Sutton will be the coaches of our S.G. Ball team, which is a first,' Mr Solly said in the video published to the Rabbitohs' website.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs legend Sam and his ex-wife Phoebe Burgess are pictured together. Bombshell allegations have been made in a newspaper article about his alleged excessive partying habits and behaviour towards Phoebe. Asked via the intercom if Mr Hooke would like to discuss what

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Burgess retired last October after a spate of injuries but stayed at the club, where he has been working as a development coach. His move into the youth set-up was first hinted at last month.

The embattled ex-player's new appointment at the club would nonetheless be dependent on the outcome of the league's integrity unit investigation, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

a man wearing a suit and tie and glasses: Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly mentioned Burgess' appointment as the coach of the under-19s team in a video question-and-answer session with fans © Provided by Daily Mail Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly mentioned Burgess' appointment as the coach of the under-19s team in a video question-and-answer session with fans

The NSW Rugby League said no application for Burgess and Sutton - another retired Rabbitohs player - to coach the under-19s side has been received by the sporting body.

Claims of Burgess's alleged excessive partying and accusations about his conduct towards Phoebe were made in The Australian newspaper last week.

Burgess's media lawyer Mark O'Brien has said: 'The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client.

Sam Burgess' mentor Wayne Bennett breaks his silence amid allegations

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England international Sam Burgess is "happy for the truth to be found" following allegations his "What hurts me most is seeing my wife upset," said Burgess , who this month signed a four-year The Rabbitohs face Sydney Roosters on Saturday in the NRL preliminary final, one game away from the

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'It is apparent sources of the false allegations are those currently in dispute with my client over various issues.'

The NRL's integrity unit has commenced an inquiry into the allegations and the New South Wales Police Force has formed Strike Force Irrabella to investigate.

Staff members at Souths have also been accused of ignoring Burgess's alleged indiscretions.

Sam Burgess standing posing for the camera: Burgess retired last October after a spate of injuries but stayed at the club, where he has been working as a development coach © Provided by Daily Mail Burgess retired last October after a spate of injuries but stayed at the club, where he has been working as a development coach a person standing in front of a building © Provided by Daily Mail

Among the major allegations were claims about an incident inside the Burgess home at Maroubra, in Sydney's east, in November 2018 when the father-of-two was behaving erratically.

A former teammate of Burgess is due to be questioned by police over Zoom this week from the UK, where he is playing in the English Super League.

Jason Clark was the person Phoebe Burgess turned to during the 2018 incident with Sam at their home, The Australian reported.

Evidence Clark gives to police could form a key part of the investigation into Burgess and South Sydney, as well as the team's medical staff.

Sam Burgess' ex-teammate who could be the key witness in police probe

  Sam Burgess' ex-teammate who could be the key witness in police probe Jason Clark, a former South Sydney Rabbitohs teammate of Burgess', is expected to be a key witness in a police probe into accusation Sam Burgess' marriage to ex-wife Phoebe.Jason Clark, a former South Sydney Rabbitohs teammate of Burgess', could be a key witness in the police investigation into accusation about the superstar forward's marriage and supposed excessive partying ways.

Sam Burgess is cleared of misconduct by the NRL after claims he and other South Sydney players exposed themselves to a woman on the internet. The allegations were investigated by a five-person panel that included a member of the NRL Integrity Unit and senior South Sydney club staff.

South Sydney NRL star Sam Burgess has been cleared of any serious injuries to his neck or spine. Skipper Greg Inglis spoke to Burgess early on Monday morning, and revealed the Englishman was in good spirits despite some complaints about his accommodation.

Clark had attended the couple's house along with Burgess' mother Julie, who had brought Sam and older brother Luke home from a city hotel.

Mr Hooke and his wife Sarah were also reportedly at the house.

Detectives have already interviewed Phoebe and visited several relevant locations, including an underground car park where Burgess allegedly received medical treatment.

Sam Burgess and woman posing for a photo: South Sydney Rabbitohs legend Sam and his ex-wife Phoebe Burgess are pictured together. Bombshell allegations have been made in a newspaper article about his alleged excessive partying habits and behaviour towards Phoebe © Provided by Daily Mail South Sydney Rabbitohs legend Sam and his ex-wife Phoebe Burgess are pictured together. Bombshell allegations have been made in a newspaper article about his alleged excessive partying habits and behaviour towards Phoebe a group of people posing for a photo: The Hooke family has closed ranks around Phoebe since she split from her husband. The Hooke women are pictured left to right: mother Sarah, and sisters Harriet, Jemima and Phoebe with father Mitch at the back © Provided by Daily Mail The Hooke family has closed ranks around Phoebe since she split from her husband. The Hooke women are pictured left to right: mother Sarah, and sisters Harriet, Jemima and Phoebe with father Mitch at the back

A pharmacy linked to the club's doctor Andrew McDonald has also reportedly been visited by police.

Souths co-owner, Hollywood star Russell Crowe, could be called to give evidence before the NRL inquiry.

Burgess has been holed-up at his home in Coogee, in Sydney's east, since the allegations were published.

He stood down from his off-field coaching role with the club and commentary role with Fox League has been left 'devastated' by the accusations against him, a close friend told The Daily Telegraph.

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'He is angry and feels like he doesn't have a voice,' the friend said.

'[The allegations are] something that is abhorrent to him, which makes it all the more harder to stomach.'

Souths CEO Mr Solly has said he knew nothing of the allegations made by The Australian until being contacted by journalists.

On Sunday morning, club coach Wayne Bennett also said he had only just become aware of the allegations.

Sam Burgess with a football ball: Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs. He has now stood down from that role © Provided by Daily Mail Since his retirement in October 2019, Burgess has been a coach at former club South Sydney Rabbitohs. He has now stood down from that role

'I've been here since 2018 and I knew nothing about it until I'd been told in the last 24 hours,' Bennett said.

'I have never had a player or any staff member talk to me about it in any shape or form.

'They are allegations. When we get all the facts together and see this at the end of the day, we will take another position on it and make another statement.'

Ms Burgess remains with her family in Bowral, caring for the two young children she shares with Burgess.

Her manager Sharon Finnigan said: 'Phoebe is trying to get by and manage and care for her two children… She is doing her best as a single mother.'

The Burgesses married at Phoebe's parents home in December 2015 and separated in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son Billy.

The couple had rekindled their relationship by April 2019 but split again last October.

Their divorce was finalised in April. They also have an older daughter, Poppy.

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