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Sam Burgess and wife Phoebe split

NRL superstar Sam Burgess’ week has taken another hit with the South Sydney Rabbitohs player splitting with wife Phoebe.

The high-profiled couple split earlier in the year, less than a month after they welcomed their second child, Billy, in the world.

Burgess and his partner were married three years ago but after splitting earlier in the year they attempted to make things work, but have decided to go their separate ways according to The Daily Telegraph.

The pair met back in 2014 at an Avicii concert in Sydney and had a secret long distance relationship for eight months before going public at the Dally M Awards.

But the high-profiled marriage began to fall apart late in 2018 following on from a sexting scandal and with the pair reportedly living apart for several weeks, they’ve gone their separate ways.

Burgess was photographed earlier in the year carrying three packed bags out of the house he and Phoebe share in Maroubra in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs. He was not wearing his wedding ring.

In April however the couple looked to be back together with Phoebe telling Stellar Magazine: “We are together, we are married. I’ve always believed that in the end, love conquers all.”

The news of the split comes in the same week Burgess’ troublesome injury concerns were revealed, leaving his playing career in the balance.

Burgess is set to undergo surgery after succumbing to a shoulder injury that left former NRL player Mark Carroll labelling his shoulder “a mess”.

“His shoulder is a mess,” Carroll told Macquarie Sports Radio On Thursday.

“His shoulder, he can only raise to a 45-degree angle. He can’t go to 90; he can’t go straight up.

“He’s got arthritis in that shoulder and it’s pretty hard playing with one arm, he’s a massive piece of the jigsaw puzzle at the Rabbits but it’s very hard playing injured.

“I don’t know what you can do, do you go to the (United States) and try something amazing over there.

“He’s in a really serious position.

“His movement is horrible, I can’t believe how little movement he had.”

Burgess has three-years remaining on his South Sydney contract, but Carroll doesn’t expect him to make it that far.

“You can get through ankle injuries and knees here and there but we’re talking about shoulders,” Carroll said.

“Our game is the most confrontational game in the world — and he’s a big hitter. Sure, he’s a right shoulder tackler but sometimes players get down the blind side and you have to hit with your left.”

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