Rabbitohs and England prop forward, Thomas Burgess, has come on in leaps and bounds since making his Club debut in 2013, and it’s all thanks to what he describes as a simple “leap of faith that worked out.”
After playing 46 English Super League matches for the Bradford Bulls, Burgess joined brothers Luke, Sam and twin brother George in 2013 at South Sydney, in a move that would set him on a path to the 2014 NRL Premiership, World Club Challenge glory, and the heights of representing his country in Test football.
The move would also set the stage for all four Burgess brothers to equal a 103 year old record in Round 25 of 2013, becoming the first quartet of brothers in a century to play together in a first grade match since Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman ran out together for Annandale way back in 1910.
Now in England camp preparing to take on New Zealand this weekend, Burgess recounted the pivotal period that brought him to the Rabbitohs when speaking to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.
"All the boys had gone out a year at a time before me,” recalled Burgess of his brothers.
“I had been on my own for nearly two years – I went to Souths on a one-year deal, and it was a leap of faith which ended up working out.
"I signed for a year at Souths, re-signed for another year after that and now George and I have just signed new three-year deals.”
Burgess got more than he bargained for at Redfern though – far from simply re-uniting with his own brothers at the time, the Englishman was proud to inherit many more brothers in the team.
“Much has been made about the Burgess brothers at Souths, but we’re all brothers here at the Club,” Thomas said upon re-signing for the Club on October 22.
“We love running out in the red and green to all of our wonderful Members, and I can’t wait to get stuck back into it in the new year.”
Thomas appeared in 24 matches during season 2015, scoring two tries in the process and establishing himself as a viable starting prop-forward – amazingly, a role he has only recently assumed.
Like his twin brother, George, Thomas averaged 138 metres per game during the course of 2015, but topped the team in terms of raw metres with 3458 across all matches. Learn more about Thomas’ 2015 season by checking out his Season Review.
Thomas will today learn if he will line up against the Kiwis this weekend when England Coach Steve McNamara announces his side for the first game of the three Test series. The match comes just one week after England demolished France in a 15 tries to one effort – Burgess picking up a try in the process.
Stay tuned to Rabbitohs.com.au for England’s team announcement.