Live updates

Burgess: "World cup pain will make me stronger"

George Burgess played in all of England's RLWC matches Credit: Press Association

England forward George Burgess intends to use his bittersweet World Cup experiences to build on his promising career.

The 21-year-old South Sydney prop and former Bradford junior capped a meteoric rise to fame by being named international rookie of the year at the Rugby League International Federation awards dinner in Manchester.

It followed a similar award at the end of his breakthrough season in the NRL where he was an ever-present for the Rabbitohs, and earned him a call-up for England alongside older brother Sam and twin Tom.

George Burgess played in all five matches of England's World Cup campaign which ended in heartbreaking fashion with a last-minute defeat by New Zealand in last Saturday's semi-final at Wembley.

Burgess, who conceded a penalty a minute from the end which enabled the Kiwis to launch their match-winning try, admits he would swap his medal for a place in the final but says he has managed to take the positives from the experience.

Burgess says he will watch Saturday's final between Australia and New Zealand before flying back to Sydney in mid-December, well in time for the start of pre-season training at Souths on January 6.

Burgess charged with willful damage

George Burgess
George Burgess Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Former Bradford Bulls youngster George Burgess has been stood down by his Australian club, South Sydney, after being arrested and charged with causing willful damage.

The 21-year-old prop forward, one of four Dewsbury-born brothers now playing for the Rabbitohs, is alleged to have smashed a car windscreen in Cairns in the early hours of this morning after celebrating his team's 30-24 NRL win over Gold Coast Titans.

He has been charged with two counts of wilful damage to property and is due to appear before magistrates in Cairns on July 10.

In a statement, South Sydney said: "Burgess has admitted guilt to the charges and is co-operating with police over the incident.

"The Rabbitohs informed the NRL integrity unit of the incident on Monday morning.

"The Rabbitohs have stood Burgess down pending further investigation and are working with the NRL integrity unit regarding the details of the penalty to be imposed."

Burgess, who played reserve-grade football for Bradford before joining older brothers Sam and Luke in Sydney two years ago, made his NRL debut in 2012 and has since made 16 appearances.

Along with twin brother Tom, he played for England Knights against Scotland and Ireland last autumn and his sensational form in the NRL this year has put him firmly in contention for a place in England's World Cup team, alongside established international Sam.

Advertisement

Advertisement

Today's top stories