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Remaining Burgess brothers committed to South Sydney Rabbitohs

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Sam Burgess has already shown his commitment to South Sydney on the field, and now his brothers are doing the same off it by pledging they have no intention to follow him back to England.

Just days after Sam dispelled any doubts about his focus with a man-of the match performance in last Thursday night's NRL season opener, brother Luke became the first of the four siblings to speak publicly about his departure to English rugby union and insisted that did not mean he or twins George and Thomas would also be leaving the NRL.

Luke Burgess limbers up at South Sydney training on Tuesday.

Luke Burgess limbers up at South Sydney training on Tuesday. Photo: Sahlan Hayes

Luke, who last year signed with the Rabbitohs for another two seasons, has recently bought a property in Sydney and said he would like to settle in the Harbour City with partner Yolanda Hodgson and their daughter Grace.

Thomas is also contracted to the club until the end of next season, while George is signed until 2016.

"It's crazy, as soon as one of my brother does something apparently we are all doing the same thing," Luke said. "It is not like that. We all make our own decisions and even the way we came to South Sydney, we all made our own decision and we will continue to do that.

"I will just see what happens over the next two years as to what follows on from that [contract] but I've got a family now and we have just managed to secure a property in Sydney so I am definitely thinking Sydney long term."

After becoming the first four brothers to play together in 104 years when they all took the field for Souths in last year's round 25 match against Wests Tigers, the Burgesses now have limited opportunities to do that again and Luke said they intended to make the most of their time together.

But he said the first priority of all four brothers was to their teammates and revealed other Rabbitohs players had spoken to them about reports of a rift within the side.

''It was disappointing to hear those things said about the segregation between my brothers and the team because as players inside the team we know the real deal and we know that is not the case whatsoever,'' Burgess said. "We have got a really close team and we are just as close to our teammates as we are to each other. Obviously it is a special thing where all four of us played in that same game but we are lucky that we get to play each week with our teammates, who are essentially our brothers anyway.

"We spoke about it and they said 'look boys we know what you brothers are all about and we know that is bullshit'. We knew that anyway so we didn't have to prove anything to each other."

Sam followed up a performance considered one of the best by an English forward in November's last-minute World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand with another man-of-the-match effort in last Thursday night's 28-8 defeat of Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium.

Luke said his brother's performance was a sign of his determination to leave the Rabbitohs on the best possible note, while Fairfax Media was told Sam had refused to discuss his impending move to Bath because he does not want to promote rugby union while still playing in the NRL.

"The big thing for him now is that the news is out and he has said what he needs to say so he can get focused on playing football, which is what he is here to do," Luke said. "He is real happy now that the news is out and he is really focused towards his own game and the team. He definitely showed that against the Roosters. It lets the fans know what he is all about this year and his heart is still with the club, I think he has made that clear. He has done a lot for the club and he is still working towards doing that. He has set a standard now for this year and I am sure he is going to live up to that too."

2 comments so far

  • I still believe that South’s have done the right thing releasing Sam and for a tidy sum. His style of play is now on the nose in today’s politically correct halls of Rugby League management so he will be well and truly targeted by the referees. Three more years of being targeted and with the judiciary system as it is today would mean he would probably spend too much time off the field and South’s would not get value from him. For South’s sake I hope he doesn't get suspended too much this year and goes out with a bang helping South’s and his brothers to a much deserved premiership.

    Date and time
    March 11, 2014, 11:33PM
    • Playing for Souths, he is very unlikely to get suspended or even penalised.

      Easter bunny
      Date and time
      March 13, 2014, 7:18AM

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