Rabbitohs prop forward, George Burgess, experienced a defining moment in his career, and it came just one year after making his first grade debut for the Club in 2012.
After arriving from England and playing in the Rabbitohs NYC (under 20s) side, Burgess played two first grade games in 2012, making his debut against the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium in Round 13 that year alongside older brothers Luke and Sam, going on to become a mainstay in the top grade and Michael Maguire’s forward pack by the end of 2013.
Despite being barely out of his teens, Burgess weighed in at around 120kg while also standing 194cm tall – factors that along with his explosive running style would enhance his individual game and that of Souths’ forward pack.
His early exploits didn’t go unnoticed. with Burgess named the 2013 Dally M Rookie of the Year, but that would prove to be only the beginning.
By the end of season 2013, Burgess had also picked up the Rugby League International Federation’s Rookie of the Year award and was named in England’s World Cup squad. Burgess scored his first international try for England against the Kangaroos at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff in a typical barnstorming fashion that has since become synonymous with him.
But it would be Burgess’ Grand Final try in 2014 that would eclipse his effort against the Kangaroos. With the match locked up at six apiece against the Bulldogs, Burgess was given the ball just over the 20 metre line before proceeding to bump off multiple Canterbury defenders to score the try of the match.
Find out all there is to know about George Burgess as well as his teammates by checking out our 2015 Player Profiles.
Also, stay tuned to www.rabbitohs.com.au for George’s 2015 Player Review! Coming soon!