After years of confusion, Rugby League commentators finally got their wish last week for a definitive way to tell twin brothers George and Thomas Burgess apart.
Thomas took the field last week with a whole new look after shaving his head, with Nine commentator Ray Warren likening the look to that of Burgess’ teammate, Glenn Stewart.
Asked about his brother’s new ‘do’ at training, George expressed his approval of the change, but stopped short of ruling out the possibility of him following suit.
“I think he just fancied a change – he’s looking good to be honest,” smiled George.
“I don’t know actually (if I’d do the same) – I might get the clippers out when someone comes round maybe.”
Since first playing for the Rabbitohs together in 2013, commentators have employed a number of tactics in order to differentiate the pair, from taking note of their different boots and level of facial fuzz to simply keeping track of their jersey number – all in vain.
Both weighing in at 120kg apiece, there’s not much that separates the front rowers. Only two centimetres separate the 23 year old’s in height (Thomas towering in at 196cm with George at 194cm), while George has eight Test caps for England to Thomas’ four.
Both will take their place this Friday night in Michael Maguire’s team when the Rabbitohs take on the Roosters in Round 26s Ron Coote Cup clash at Allianz Stadium.
George will start the match in the front row wearing jumper number eight, while Thomas will come off an extended bench in jumper number 17.
To watch the full interview with George, please press play on the video player.