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Burgess Brothers: English rugby league starlets live NRL dream

One family of English brothers from West Yorkshire have been given the chance to play rugby league and live in a country which is truly obsess with the sport.

Sam Burgess, along with his brothers Luke and George, has become well settled at South Sydney Rabbitohs, the club co-owned by 'Gladiator' movie star Russell Crowe.

The trio, whose father was professional rugby league player and whose other brother Tom currently plays for Bradford Bulls, have impressed during their spell Down Under, and are not just making up the numbers and learning from their experience in Australia's rugby league heartland.

Sam Burgess, 22, spent most of the 2011 season out of action due to shoulder and ankle injuries. He managed only four games for the Rabbitohs, and will not play for England in the Four Nations in the autumn.

Luke Burgess, 24, joined his brother at Souths from Leeds during 2011. He played in 10 games, debuting against Cronulla Sharks in Round 17 of the 2011 NRL campaign.

George Burgess, just 19 but bigger than both his older brothers, joined his siblings in Australia in 2011, though he did not feature for the first team in his debut season.

The twin brother of Bradford's Tom, he played in the Toyota Cup junior competition in order to develop his skills. With size as well as the raw natural ability and power common to all his family, it can only be a matter of time before he too makes his impact on the Souths' first team and the NRL.

With time on their side, it looks as though the name Burgess will be one which is long-remembered at South Sydney Rabbitohs.

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