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Sam Burgess shows off buff physique at Coogee ahead of final court showdown with ex father-in-law


Former South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess enjoyed a relaxing day at Coogee Beach on Thursday as he prepares to face court later this week.

The 32-year-old, who finalised his divorce from ex-wife Phoebe just before Christmas, showed off his buff physique by going shirtless as he went for a swim.

He looked rather cheerful and didn’t seem to be worried about his ugly legal dispute involving his former father-in-law, Mitchell Hooke. 

Life's a beach! On Thursday, former NRL star Sam Burgess showed off his buff physique as he enjoyed a swim at Coogee Beach

Life’s a beach! On Thursday, former NRL star Sam Burgess showed off his buff physique as he enjoyed a swim at Coogee Beach

Sam will face court on Friday after being accused of intimidating Mr Hooke, Phoebe’s retired mining executive father, at his Southern Highlands home in October 2019.

The English-born sportsman looked fit as he paraded his physique in a pair of blue patterned boardshorts.

He listened to music and sun baked on the sand, before going for a leisurely swim.  

Court battle: The former Rabbitohs player appeared relaxed and in high spirits, despite an impending court date on Friday

Court battle: The former Rabbitohs player appeared relaxed and in high spirits, despite an impending court date on Friday

Fit: Sam, who is one of four Burgess brothers, looked fit as he paraded his physique in nothing but a pair of bright blue anchor board shorts

Fit: Sam, who is one of four Burgess brothers, looked fit as he paraded his physique in nothing but a pair of bright blue anchor board shorts

Fit: Sam, who is one of four Burgess brothers, looked fit as he paraded his physique in nothing but a pair of bright blue anchor board shorts

Accusations: Sam is accused of intimidating Phoebe's father, Mitchell Hooke, at his Southern Highlands home on October 19, 2019. The ex-Rabbitohs player is also charged with common assault in relation to the same alleged incident. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges

Accusations: Sam is accused of intimidating Phoebe’s father, Mitchell Hooke, at his Southern Highlands home on October 19, 2019. The ex-Rabbitohs player is also charged with common assault in relation to the same alleged incident. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges

Sam is accused of intimidating Mr Hooke at his country estate on October 19, 2019.

The former NRL player is also charged with common assault in relation to the same alleged incident. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police have taken out an interim AVO to allegedly protect Mr Hooke from Sam, who has had no contact with his former father-in-law for more than a year.

The hearing will continue at Moss Vale Local Court on Friday, January 22.

Details: Police have taken out an interim AVO to allegedly protect Mr Hooke from Sam, who has had no contact with his former father-in-law for more than a year. The hearing will continue at Moss Vale Local Court on January 22

Details: Police have taken out an interim AVO to allegedly protect Mr Hooke from Sam, who has had no contact with his former father-in-law for more than a year. The hearing will continue at Moss Vale Local Court on January 22

Mr Hooke claimed his former son-in-law stood over him in a menacing manner, called him a ‘piece of s**t’ and said ‘I’m going to get you’.

He also said he feared being hit by the footballer, who shares custody of two young children with his daughter Phoebe.

But Sam claimed it was Mr Hooke who threatened him by saying: ‘I’m going to destroy you if it’s the last thing I do. I’m going to destroy you and your career.’

Phoebe also admitted leaking a damning 50-page police statement she made about her ex-husband to a newspaper, which published allegations against him of domestic violence and drug misuse.

Claims: Mr Hooke claimed his former son-in-law stood over him in a menacing manner, called him a 'piece of s**t' and said 'I'm going to get you'

Claims: Mr Hooke claimed his former son-in-law stood over him in a menacing manner, called him a ‘piece of s**t’ and said ‘I’m going to get you’

Battle: He also said he feared being hit by the footballer. But Sam claimed it was Mr Hooke who threatened him by saying: 'I'm going to destroy you if it's the last thing I do. I'm going to destroy you and your career'

Battle: He also said he feared being hit by the footballer. But Sam claimed it was Mr Hooke who threatened him by saying: 'I'm going to destroy you if it's the last thing I do. I'm going to destroy you and your career'

Battle: He also said he feared being hit by the footballer. But Sam claimed it was Mr Hooke who threatened him by saying: ‘I’m going to destroy you if it’s the last thing I do. I’m going to destroy you and your career’

Leaked: Phoebe also admitted leaking a damning 50-page police statement she made about her ex-husband to a newspaper, which published allegations against him of domestic violence and drug misuse

Leaked: Phoebe also admitted leaking a damning 50-page police statement she made about her ex-husband to a newspaper, which published allegations against him of domestic violence and drug misuse

Sam and Phoebe are now officially divorced after five years of marriage, The Sunday Telegraph reported earlier this month.  

A divorce order for the pair was issued ‘just before Christmas’, about 14 months after they separated.

Phoebe, 31, and Sam are parents to two children: Billy, two, and Poppy, three.

Over: Sam and Phoebe are now officially divorced after five years of marriage, The Sunday Telegraph reported earlier this month

Over: Sam and Phoebe are now officially divorced after five years of marriage, The Sunday Telegraph reported earlier this month

Stretch it out: Sam stretched out his legs as he relaxed on the beach

Stretch it out: Sam stretched out his legs as he relaxed on the beach

Done and dusted: A divorce order for the pair was issued 'just before Christmas', about 14 months after they separated

Done and dusted: A divorce order for the pair was issued 'just before Christmas', about 14 months after they separated

Done and dusted: A divorce order for the pair was issued ‘just before Christmas’, about 14 months after they separated

Sharing custody: Phoebe, 31, and Sam share custody of their two children, Billy, two, and Poppy, three

Sharing custody: Phoebe, 31, and Sam share custody of their two children, Billy, two, and Poppy, three

After news of their divorce made headlines, Phoebe shared a photo to Instagram of her left hand, which was free of her wedding and engagement rings.

Sam and Phoebe separated in September 2019, and finalised their financial settlement months before legally divorcing. 

Phoebe is said to have walked away with 70 per cent of the couple’s marital wealth, including Sam’s F45 gym franchise, which she has since sold.

The former journalist, who now promotes herself as a brand ambassador, also kept a $100,000 Range Rover, which she is regularly seen driving around Bowral.

The exes sold their property in Maroubra in January last year for $5million.

Going their separate ways: Sam and Phoebe separated in September 2019, and finalised their financial settlement months before legally divorcing. Phoebe is said to have walked away with 70 per cent of the couple's marital wealth, including Sam's F45 gym franchise, which she has since sold

Going their separate ways: Sam and Phoebe separated in September 2019, and finalised their financial settlement months before legally divorcing. Phoebe is said to have walked away with 70 per cent of the couple’s marital wealth, including Sam’s F45 gym franchise, which she has since sold



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