Retired NRL star Sam Burgess was spotted leaving court in the Southern Highlands on Tuesday with noticeably greying hair.
The former South Sydney Rabbitohs player, 32, used to have dark brown hair but appears to have gone grey in recent months.
A source close to the sportsman said Burgess was 'amused' to learn some people were more focused on his silvery locks than his recent court victory.
New look: Former NRL star Sam Burgess, 32, has admitted he's 'ageing like the rest of the population' after sporting noticeably greying hair during a recent court appearanceInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'Yes, I'm ageing like the rest of the population. It's just silly.' Burgess told a friend of the speculation about his greying hair.
Burgess also insisted he had never dyed his hair, which had been gradually going grey for years.
'Just a few more greys these days,' he said.
Some studies show that hair can lose pigment due to chronic or high levels of stress.
However, most scientists believe genetics and age are the primary factors in the development of prematurely grey hair.
Ageing: A source close to Burgess said the former Rabbitohs star, 32, was 'amused' to learn some people were more focused on his grey hair than his recent court victory. Pictured: Sam with dark brown hair on April 18, 2017
It comes after Burgess escaped conviction for driving with cocaine in his system while on his way to pick up his two young children.
Burgess pleaded guilty on Tuesday afternoon to driving with traces of cocaine present in his saliva.
Magistrate Mark Douglass said in Moss Vale Local Court that Burgess had shown remorse, contrition and insight into his behaviour.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Changes: He has some flecks of grey in June 2018
Brunette: Sam had fully dark locks without a trace of grey in 2015 (pictured)
Mr Douglass said Burgess had undergone a 'very arduous and rigorous' four-week residential rehabilitation program after his offending. That program did relate specifically to drugs.
Solicitor Bryan Wrench said his client had attended a residential program and had returned clean drug tests since the offence.
Mr Douglass placed Burgess on a nine-month conditional release order in relation to the drug matter and fined him