Burgess charged with willful damage

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.