Dragons forward Burgess in rehab to deal with personal issues
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The quick enjoying way forward for St George Illawarra prop George Burgess is clouded after he entered a rehabilitation facility to deal with personal issues.
The Dragons have supplied Burgess, who has made simply 4 appearances for the membership since becoming a member of in the low season, the time and help he requires. The membership was reluctant to remark given the sensitivity of the scenario.
“The club can acknowledge that George is on some personal leave to take care of some personal matters,” Dragons chief govt Ryan Webb stated when contacted by the Herald.
Burgess made his final NRL look on May 1 in the round-eight victory over Wests Tigers. The premiership-winning forward was charged with sexually touching one other individual with out consent in March. The NRL has allowed Burgess to preserve enjoying till the matter, which is listed for listening to in February, is finalised in court docket fairly than apply the code’s controversial no-fault stand-down rule.
The coverage is robotically utilized for severe legal offences carrying a jail time of 11 years or extra, however chief govt Andrew Abdo can use his discretionary energy to apply it for lesser prices. The cost of sexual touching carries a most penalty of 5 years’ imprisonment. Burgess has indicated he’ll plead not responsible.
According to court docket paperwork, Burgess is alleged to have “sexually touched the woman’s bottom without her consent” on March 8.
The alleged incident occurred solely two days earlier than the NRL season-opener between the Panthers and Sea Eagles.
When in court docket for the setting of a listening to date, Burgess’ lawyer, Bryan Wrench, stated his consumer disputed the model of occasions put forward by the alleged sufferer.
Buress gained the 2014 NRL premiership with the Rabbitohs alongside brothers Sam and Tom, returned to the NRL with the Dragons after two years with English Super League facet Wigan.
Sam Burgess, a part of the teaching workers on the Russell Crowe-backed Orara Valley Axemen, is weighing up whether or not to proceed his teaching apprenticeship at both the Rabbitohs or beneath Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett subsequent season.
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