Dual-code England rugby international Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly testing positive for cocaine at the roadside on the way to pick up his two young children.
Burgess was pulled over by police in his BMW X5 at around 1.30pm on Monday south of Sydney near the mansion of ex-wife Phoebe Hooke.
Police will allege Burgess, 32, tested positive for cocaine, was driving an unregistered car and has never held a New South Wales driving license, according to reports in Australia.
Burgess was reportedly due to collect kids Poppy, 4, and Billy, 2, at 9am but missed the time which was then altered to 2pm.
“Officers from the Hume traffic and highway patrol were conducting traffic enforcement duties on the Hume Highway at Braemar when they stopped a BMW X5 and spoke to the driver, a 32-year-old man,” a NSW Police spokesman said.
“He was subjected to a random roadside drug test before being taken to Southern Highlands police station where he underwent a secondary oral fluid test. A sample has been sent for further analysis.
“He is due to appear in Moss Vale Local Court on Tuesday 4th May 2021.”
Burgess is believed to have celebrated the birthday of older brother and fellow rugby league star Luke on Saturday night before playing a round of golf on Sunday morning.
It comes just a couple of weeks after Burgess was found guilty of intimidation against former father-in-law, Mitchell Hooke.
A New South Wales state magistrate found that Burgess, 32, had shouted a threat in Hooke's face at the property of his then relative in Sydney.
He was hit with a two-year community corrections order over the altercation in October 2019.
Burgess said as he left the court: "I'm confused with the decision, I will appeal the decision and I won't say anything further."
An England and Great Britain rugby league international, Burgess played 99 times for Bradford between 2006 and 2009 before joining South Sydney Rabbitohs in Australia's NRL.
He was Souths' talisman as they won the NRL title in 2014 before an ill-fated switch to rugby union which saw him come in for criticism as England were knocked out in the group stage of a home World Cup in 2015.
After a solitary season in the 15-man code with Bath, he returned to Souths in 2016 and went on to play a further 86 times for the club, part-owned by Hollywood superstar Russell Crowe.
Burgess retired in 2019 due to a chronic shoulder problem.
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