Sam Burgess, born December 14, 1988, in Liversedge Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, is an English professional rugby league footballer for the South Sydney Rabbitohs of the National Rugby League (NRL).
Burgess made his Super League début against Leeds in 2006 after already being dubbed by Shontayne Hape as “Great Britain’s Sonny Bill”. After a highly successful début season with the Bulls, Burgess was awarded the Senior Academy Player of the Year Award by the club.
Burgess was persuaded by Russell Crowe, co-owner of NRL club, South Sydney Rabbitohs to sign and move to Australia to play. Since doing so Burgess has been selected to play for the NRL All Stars, named captain of the Rabbitohs and had his brothers Luke, Tom and George move over to play professionally in Australia as well.