Sam Burgess given emotional send-off by girlfriend Phoebe Hooke and brother Luke as he leaves Australia for Bath
By: By CHARLIE ECCLESHARE - 30 October 2014 -
Sam Burgess said an emotional farewell to his girlfriend Phoebe Hooke and brother Luke as the new Bath signing left Sydney for the UK to start his rugby union career as a centre for the Aviva Premiership club.
It was an emotional day for all involved as Burgess said goodbye to his loved ones at the airport.
Fortunately for the injured star, his Australian girlfriend Hooke will be joining him in Bath in a couple of weeks. Luke, meanwhile, will remain Down Under playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs - the club his brother Sam has just left.
Burgess fractured his cheekbone and eye socket during South Sydney's NRL grand final win earlier this month, but hopes to be back in action soon.
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South Sydney fanatic and cancer patient Travis Reardon gets one last wish
By: VERA BERTOLA MACARTHUR CHRONICLE CAMPBELLTOWN OCTOBER 17, 2014 - Photographed at Randwick Children's Hospital.
ONE of the greatest joys in Travis Reardon's short life was to see his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs finally win the NRL premiership.
The 12-year-old, of Ruse, died last week after a three-year fight with leukaemia.
His funeral on Friday was dominated by red and green, as his family and friends paid tribute to the diehard Rabbitohs supporter.
Travis's beaming face shot to prominence last year on the front page of the Macarthur Chronicle after he was selected by the Starlight Foundation to lead the two NRL grand final teams on to the field and present the rings to the premiers.
Unfortunately, his beloved Rabbitohs had fallen just short of making the final.
Travis's mum, Kellie Reardon, said her son had watched the grand final with all the family.
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Greg Inglis declares his commitment to NRL
By: Steve Mascord - October 17, 2014 - Photo: Getty Images
Greg Inglis has given a besieged sport some respite by declaring he would never break his contract with South Sydney to change codes - but stopped short of guaranteeing to finish his career in rugby league.
But the former Golden Boot winner has already fielded offers from French rugby union and warned rugby league would have to dramatically broaden its national and international base if it hoped to retain other stars.
The decision of current Dally M co-holder Jarryd Hayne to quit the sport immediately in the hope of linking with an NFL franchise dominated discussions as the Australian team for the upcoming Four Nations gathered in Brisbane.
"I made a decision to stay in this game a long time ago," Inglis told reporters at the Australians' Brisbane base.
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Claire Harvey: I have a massive mum-crush on Julie Burgess
By: CLAIRE HARVEY - OCTOBER 12, 2014 - Picture Gregg Porteous
SAM Burgess says he didn't feel the agony of his fractured eye socket and cheekbone during the Grand Final.
No. I reckon it's because his mum was taking the pain for him.
So much has been said about how the four Burgess brothers - Tom, Sam, George and Luke - are incredible athletes individually and a record-setting quartet, the first four-bro act in a century to play simultaneously for an Australian rugby league club.
But for me the most inspiring Burgess, by far, is Julie.
To be a mother of four children, and four boys at that, is an achievement in itself.
To raise those four children with enough commitment and determination to practice any craft at the highest level is an accomplishment.
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Unlocking the secret to South Sydney Rabbitohs' success
By: Daisy Dumas - October 11, 2014 - Photo: Brett Hemmings
Moments before the South Sydney Rabbitohs' historic season win on Sunday were two very different locker room atmospheres.
In one, balls were thrown, tackles practiced, a nervous energy dominating TV images of the Bulldogs' changing room. In the other, relative calm as players sat in a semi-circle of chairs - a team whose energy, at that crucial point, appeared to be focused on the mind.
The men were putting their "mind resilience training" practice to use, tapping into a secret weapon that has, for the first time, contributed to an NRL training stratagem, giving Rabbitohs players an armoury of tools to help conquer distractions, anxiety and pressure.
The pioneering program, known as OutOfYourMind, has been so successful that head coach Michael Maguire has confirmed that he will be using the techniques in next season's training regime.
"We lifted performance through mind training. I knew that more focus in that area would give us a strength and it definitely did," Maguire told Fairfax Media. "It had a
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Courage or stupidity: Some of sport's bravest people have their say on playing with injury
By: Daniel Lane - October 11, 2014 - Photo: brfendan-esposito
"Sam Burgess showed so much heart and sacrifice. He just wanted to win and he showed so much determination, it really inspired me. It might sound cliched but he did something I have dreamed of doing ... being tough enough to play on in a grand final with something like a broken face. He's like Rocky. I know Rocky Balboa was a movie character but Sam Burgess was like the real Rocky in the grand final."
Fourteen-year-old Isaac Longmuir was just one of the millions of people who watched Souths forward Sam Burgess defy the pain of having his cheekbone and eye socket broken in the first tackle of the NRL grand final to fight-on and lead the Rabbitohs to their first premiership title in 43 years.
That effort was compared with the legendary tale of John Sattler, who in the 1970 grand final for South Sydney played 77-minutes with a broken jaw.
However, while Burgess and Sattler's efforts were regaled by many as "courageous", there's a school of thought it was reckless and fool-hardy; that they should've been
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Michael Maguire made grand final happen for Rabbitohs, says Russell Crowe
By: Danny Weidler - October 11, 2014 - Photo: Brendan Esposito
Russell Crowe is very much the man of the moment, but when it comes to being the man who delivered Souths their title, he has a firm view on to whom the credit should go.
When I informed him last week Iwanted to do a piece about his impact on the club he was straight to the point.
He thinks the person who took the club to the lofty point it's at is the coach. He wanted no part of the attention and he avoided it in the lead-up to the game, only speaking to praise Nick Pappas.
"Write about Maguire, he's the manwho made the difference," ' Crowe said.
He is correct. Coach Michael Maguire whipped the talent into shape. He challenged his players, the best example being Issac Luke, always a brilliant talent, who was transformed via some tough love.
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