Sam Burgess was a world class player but has had to grapple with more than his fair share of controversy.
Now he will have to deal with another after he has been reportedly arrested after he allegedly failed a random drug test.
The former South Sydney Rabbitohs premiership star was pulled over at Kingsford on Thursday morning for a random test and allegedly returned a positive result according to the Daily Mail and Channel 7 News down under.
Burgess had recently taken on the role of assistant coach at South Sydney with former Wakefield Trinity star and South Sydney Rabbitohs boss Jason Demetriou tipping Burgess to be a brilliant coach.
Speaking to Fox League recently, Burgess opened up about what his role with the Bunnies will be in 2023.
“The majority of the work since I got back has been with the younger players, fringe players,” Burgess.
“This week has probably been the best week back with experience back, we get to do a bit more quality work, so it’s been really good.
“I’m enjoying where I’m at now, I’m enjoying what I’m bringing here and helping out with the staff here.
“There’s a lot of work in it so there’s no rush. I’d like to be a head coach one day but only when the time is right and the right place.”
Burgess also has a challenge with one of the Rabbitohs’ stars:
“I’ve got a little challenge with Cody Walker. We’ve got a skinfold challenge up until Christmas just to keep each other honest,” he said.
“Cody is winning. But I’m trying to keep fit around the young fellas, it’s good to get a chance to run.
“I ran with Damien Cook on the first lap and then blew my legs out but nah first couple of weeks back it took me a while to get into it but now I feel all right.”
What recent events means for his role remains unclear.