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Sydney NRL star Sam Burgess arrested on drug and traffic offences 

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NRL star Sam Burgess has been arrested after allegedly failing a roadside drug test.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs star was charged on Monday afternoon with driving an unregistered car in Braemar in the Southern Highlands, just 10 minutes’ drive from where his ex-wife Phoebe Hooke lives with their two young children.

Police will allege he has never held a New South Wales drivers licence, The Daily Telegraph reported.  

Burgess also reportedly returned a positive roadside drug test for cocaine. The results have been sent away for further analysis. 

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs star was charged on Monday afternoon with driving an unregistered car

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs star was charged on Monday afternoon with driving an unregistered car

He was pulled over on the Hume Highway in the Southern Highlands about 1.30pm on Monday while driving his BMW X5.  

The 32-year-old is expected to appear in Moss Vale Local court on May 4.

The charge comes just three weeks after was found guilty of intimidating his father-in-law after a heated clash out the front of the Hooke family home in the aftermath of his messy break-up with wife Phoebe. 

Burgess was sentenced to a two-year community corrections order and given a two-year apprehended violence order.

Burgess, pictured with ex-wife Phoebe in happier times, was sentences to a two-year community corrections order and a two-year apprehended violence order

Burgess, pictured with ex-wife Phoebe in happier times, was sentences to a two-year community corrections order and a two-year apprehended violence order 

In happier times: Burgess's ex-wife Phoebe and his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke gave statements about Burgess to the media. The three are pictured together

In happier times: Burgess’s ex-wife Phoebe and his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke gave statements about Burgess to the media. The three are pictured together

The star said he was ‘confused by the decision’ and ‘would be appealing’ outside of court.

His lawyer Bryan Wench added: ‘He’s innocent, we will go all the way if necessary. He’s done nothing wrong.’  

Burgess married Phoebe at her parents’ home in December 2015 and they have two children, four-year-old Poppy, and Billy, who turned two in December. 

The couple separated in late 2018 before rekindling their relationship by April 2019. They split permanently on October 2 that year and have since divorced. 

More to come. 

Sam Burgess married Phoebe Hooke at her family home just outside Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands in December 2015. The couple had two children and split in late 2019

Sam Burgess married Phoebe Hooke at her family home just outside Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands in December 2015. The couple had two children and split in late 2019 

NRL star Sam Burgess has been found guilty of intimidating his father-in-law during a heated clash in the aftermath of his messy break-up with wife Phoebe

NRL star Sam Burgess has been found guilty of intimidating his father-in-law during a heated clash in the aftermath of his messy break-up with wife Phoebe

This post was first published on DailyMail.

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