Sam Burgess to sign South Sydney Rabbitohs assistant coaching deal; rejects Dolphins

“I stand strongly against violence towards women. It has no place in society, no place in sport, no place in my life,” he said via Instagram.

“I am thankful the NRL has finally cleared my name against all allegations of domestic violence. I have now been cleared of three very public and defamatory investigations. This has been a long and damaging process, taking a toll on me both physically and mentally.

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“I have accepted full responsibility for the way certain aspects of my life have unfolded throughout the last three years. I can now move on and continue the next phase of my life knowing the truth has been revealed. I have made positive and impactful changes to my life and I am focusing on improving and developing as a man, son, father and now coach.

“I understand, but do not agree with all of the breach notices issued by the NRL. The punishment is grossly unfair and my lawyers have advised me of my appeal rights. However, I wish to move on with my life for matters that I believe have already been dealt with by the courts, judiciary and publicly.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout this entire process; it has meant a lot to me and has certainly not gone unnoticed. Most importantly, I would like to thank my family for their unwavering love and support.”

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