Dewsbury’s Burgess brothers set for historic rugby match Down Under

HISTORY MAKERS Brothers Sam, Luke Tom and George Burgess began their careers at Dewsbury Moor.
HISTORY MAKERS Brothers Sam, Luke Tom and George Burgess began their careers at Dewsbury Moor.

Dewsbury will be thrown into the international spotlight today if four brothers make history by playing in a rugby league match in Australia.

The Burgess brothers will become the first quartet of siblings to play in a National Rugby League game down under in more than a century if they are picked for the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Sam and Luke, along with twins George and Thomas, began their rugby league careers at Dewsbury Moor RLFC after dad Mark took them along to a training session

The brothers’ mum, Julie, was also a keen rugby player.

If all four play in today’s South Sydney game against Wests Tigers, they will become the first quartet of brothers to feature in a NRL game since Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman played for Annandale in 1910.

The story has captured the imagination of television stations and newspapers in Australia, who are clambering to cover the story on the Dewsbury Burgess brothers.

England international Sam said: “I’ve played with all my brothers at different times. I’ve played in a game with George and Luke, and now with Thomas too — but [playing] together is something we still have to do.”

A spokesman for Dewsbury Moor club said: “As a club we are extremely proud of where their journey has taken them and they are living the dream.”