Statement on Sam Burgess

The National Rugby League has instructed the Integrity Unit to conduct a comprehensive investigation into allegations made against the South Sydney Rabbitohs and former player Sam Burgess.

NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said the Integrity Unit would speak with South Sydney officials on Friday.

“These allegations are very serious and I’ve instructed the Integrity Unit to investigate the claims as a priority. We will also seek the advice of police and other relevant authorities throughout this process,” he said.

“This is new information for the NRL and it is important we now gather the facts. The allegations have not yet been tested and due process will be followed as we undertake a thorough investigation.

“There is no place in our game for violence, harassment or abuse against women. If anyone is found guilty of these allegations we will take the strongest possible action.”

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