Digital art for Sam Burgess
Digital art for Sam Burgess

AVO taken out against NRL star Sam Burgess

Police have taken out a temporary apprehended violence order against rugby league star Sam Burgess on behalf of his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke following an argument on Saturday.

The Daily Telegraph has been told Burgess was at Mr Hooke's home near Bowral on a visit to see his own children.

Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs in the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium last month. Picture: AAP
Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs in the NRL Preliminary Final match between the Canberra Raiders and South Sydney Rabbitohs at GIO Stadium last month. Picture: AAP

Phoebe was not at the house at the time and it is not alleged Burgess did anything wrong by visiting the house.

The Telegraph has been told a conversation between Burgess and Mr Hooke allegedly escalated into an argument and Mr Hooke told the Rabbitohs superstar to leave.

It is understood Burgess agreed to leave the property when asked, with the pair allegedly continuing to argue as he left.

It is understood police were called after Burgess left the house.

"Police are investigating an incident at a property near Bowral shortly after 5pm yesterday," a police spokeswoman said on Sunday afternoon.

The family at Redfern Oval. Picture: Richard Dobson
The family at Redfern Oval. Picture: Richard Dobson

The alleged incident comes after reports circulated that Burgess's estranged wife Phoebe was preparing to move to Bowral to be closer to her parents.

Last week the Telegraph revealed the pair had split for a second time and The Sunday Telegraph today reported Phoebe was relocating two-year-old Poppy and 10-month-old Billy to Bowral.

 

"It's only an hour away from Sydney so not too hard for Sam to still see the kids and Phoebe to be able to attend events for her clients," one well-placed insider told Sunday Confidential.

"It makes sense as Phoebe's support network is in Bowral. She grew up there, her mum and dad are there and her sister Jemima has just moved home with her two young children after getting a new job there as a teacher.

Mitch Hooke, Sam Burgess and Phoebe. Picture: Instagram
Mitch Hooke, Sam Burgess and Phoebe. Picture: Instagram

"One thing is for sure, it is definitely over this time and they are now trying to figure out how to co-parent long-term."

The first reports of their couple's marriage breakdown began surfacing last December, just three weeks after Billy's birth.



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