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Sam Burgess fined over AU $ 1,000 after pleading guilty to drug driving in an unlicensed car in Sydney; magistrate says ex-England star sought advice on drug issues; Burgess played internationally in the rugby league and rugby union

Last updated: 04/05/21 9:53 am

Sam Burgess was forced into early retirement in 2019 due to shoulder injury

Former England rugby international Sam Burgess was fined more than A $ 1,000 (£ 557) but was convicted after pleading guilty to driving with drugs in an unregistered car near Sydney.

Burgess, who has represented England in the rugby league and union and enjoyed a high profile career in Australia’s National Rugby League (NRL), has been charged with driving a vehicle with an illicit drug present in the blood after failing a road test in February.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs captain has been ordered to pay A $ 1,162 (£ 647) in fines and a nine-month conduct bond, state media reported.

“He went to see counselors and is on a very strict drug-free diet,” Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) quoted Moss Vale local court magistrate Mark Douglass.

ABC said Burgess, 32, was found with traces of cocaine in his system after failing the road test.

Burgess has had several grazes with the law in Australia since he was forced to retire in 2019 due to a chronic shoulder injury.

He was found guilty of intimidating his ex-wife’s father by a lower court in February after the two argued at the end of 2019, but the conviction was overturned on appeal in March.

Burgess resigned from his role as coach in South Sydney and from a television job with an Australian rugby league channel in October after the NRL said it would investigate allegations of drug abuse and domestic violence.

Burgess’ attorney said at the time that Burgess dismissed all of the allegations.

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