George Burgess (rugby league)

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George Burgess
Burgess while playing for Souths in 2012
Personal information
Full name George Burgess
Born (1992-04-21) 21 April 1992 (age 22)
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
Height 194 cm (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight 120 kg (18 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2012– South Sydney 42 9 0 0 36
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013 England 5 1 0 0 4
As of 17 May 2014

George Burgess (born 21 April 1992) is an English professional rugby league footballer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League.[2] An England national representative forward, he is the younger brother of teammate Sam Burgess.

Early life[edit]

Burgess was born on 21 April 1992 in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. His late father, Mark Burgess who died of Motor neurone disease, was also a rugby league footballer who played for Nottingham City, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury and Hunslet;[3] whilst his mother Julie is a teacher, currently employed at The Scots College in Bellevue Hill, Sydney.[4] His eldest brother Luke, middle brother Sam and elder twin brother Tom, are all professional rugby league footballers as well.[5]

He attended Castle Hall Academy to receive a secondary education before becoming a professional rugby player.

Early career[edit]

George represented England against the Australian Schoolboys in 2010 whilst playing lower grades and training with the full squad of the Bradford Bulls. George was signed by the South Sydney Rabbitohs to play in the National Youth Competition and NRL in the future.[6]

South Sydney Rabbitohs[edit]

Burgess made his debut in Round 13 (Canterbury Bulldogs) coming off the bench. Burgess featured in Round 18 (Newcastle Knights) to Round 19 (Sydney Roosters). In 2012 he also played for the England Knights team. Burgess appeared in Round 1 (Sydney Roosters) to Round 14 (Gold Coast Titans). George was banned for Round 15 due to an off-field incident. The Rabbitohs had a bye in Round 13 and 18. Burgess then featured in Round 17 (New Zealand Warriors) and Round 19 (St George Illawarra Dragons) to Round 26 (Sydney Roosters). Burgess featured in the finals against Melbourne Storm. He scored against Sydney Roosters (1 try), Canterbury Bulldogs (1 try), New Zealand Warriors (1 try), Wests Tigers (1 try), Newcastle Knights (1 try), Gold Coast Titans (1 try) and North Queensland Cowboys (1 try).

In August 2013, the Burgess brothers became the first set of four brothers to line up in the same Australian side since Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman played for Sydney's Annandale club in the 1910 NSWRFL season.[7]

George was selected in England's 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad. He featured in the 15-14 friendly loss to Italy and also featured in the group games against Australia, Ireland and Fiji. He scored against Australia (1 try). George also featured in the Quarter Final against France and in the Semi Final against New Zealand, where his late high tackle on Sonny Bill Williams resulted in a penalty that gave New Zealand the field position to steal an late victory in the last minute of the game.[8]

Burgess receieved the Rugby League International Federation's Rookie of the Year award for 2013.[9]

Season Appearance Tries Goals F/G Points
2012 South Sydney Rabbitohs 3 0 0 0 0
2013 South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 7 0 0 28
2014 South Sydney Rabbitohs 9 2 0 0 8
Total 36 9 0 0 36


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