NRL star Sam Burgess has stood down from his coaching role at the Rabbitohs after serious allegations about his marriage and wild lifestyle were published in a newspaper report.
The explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player were published on Thursday night by The Australian.
The article included text messages Burgess' ex-wife Phoebe allegedly sent to Hollywood actor Russell Crowe, who owns the NRL club.
Staff members at South Sydney Rabbitohs have also been accused of covering up Burgess' alleged indiscretions.
The lawyer acting for Burgess, Mark O'Brien, strongly denied all allegations.
NRL star Sam Burgess has rejected serious allegations about his marriage. He is pictured with ex-wife Phoebe in 2016
Explosive claims about the 31-year-old former Rabbitohs player's wild lifestyle were published on Thursday night by The Australian. Burgess is pictured in August
The four-month investigation by the newspaper also claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Russell Crowe - who owns the NRL club
'The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client,' Mr O'Brien said.
The NRL and NSW Police have both launched investigations into the allegations.
The newspaper claims to have uncovered text messages between Phoebe and Crowe in November 2018.
'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to the actor.
'He might need a good friend because he is just not our Sam.'
'I thought we had the world at our feet together,' Phoebe allegedly wrote to Russell Crowe about Sam Burgess
Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy
The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation came to light.
'Phoebe why did you message RC saying everything,' Burgess allegedly wrote.
'What are you trying to solve here.'
Burgess and Phoebe broke up in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son, Billy.
Their divorce after four years of marriage was finalised in April.
They also have a daughter, Poppy.
The article also included text messages Burgess allegedly sent to Phoebe, after her initial conversation with the Hollywood actor came to light
The former couple are seen together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018
NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the claims against Burgess are 'very serious allegations'.
'It's important we stay calm and we conduct a thorough investigation,' he said on Friday afternoon.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more