BREAKING: Souths great Sam Burgess arrested after allegedly failing roadside drug test

Retired South Sydney great Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test on Monday.

Retired South Sydney great Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test on Monday.

The Daily Telegraph reported Burgess was charged on Monday afternoon with driving an unregistered car and police will allege he has never held a NSW drivers licence.

Police also allege he returned a positive road side drug test for cocaine which has been sent away for further analysis.

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The 32-year-old was pulled over at around 1.30pm on Monday while driving a BMW X5 on the Hume Highway at Braemar.

He will appear in Moss Vale Local Court on May 4.

Burgess retired after the 2019 season due to a chronic shoulder injury after scoring 44 tries in 182 games for Souths and winning a premiership in 2014.

It has been a tough period for Burgess since his retirement after he was charged and found guilty of intimidating his father in law Mitchell Hooke during a heated argument in the NSW Southern Highlands.


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Burgess was found guilty of the charge after a heated clash near Bowral in the aftermath of his marriage break-up with wife Phoebe.

He was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order and given a two-year apprehended violence order.

Throughout the court proceedings, Phoebe and her father admitted to cooperating with the media and making allegations of explicit drug use and domestic violence.

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Burgess spoke briefly outside of court after being found guilty of intimidating his father-in-law.

“(I’m) confused with the decision, we’ve appealed the decision,” Burgess said.

“I’m not going to say anything further. Thankyou.”

His lawyer Bryan Wench added: “He’s innocent, we will go all the way if necessary. He’s done nothing wrong.”

Burgess married Phoebe at her parents’ home in December 2015 and they have two children, four-year-old Poppy, and two-year-old Billy.

The couple separated in late 2018 before briefly reuniting in April 2019.

They split permanently on October 2 in 2019 and have since divorced.


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