A fiery text exchange that led to the break up of NRL star Sam Burgess and his ex-wife Phoebe has revealed the extent of the couple's bitter feud.
Daily Mail Australia obtained the spiteful messages as the South Sydney Rabbitohs legend gave evidence that three days before the alleged assault he met his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke to discuss the break-up with Phoebe, 'basically just to open up lines of communication'.
The retired footballer said Mr Hooke had asked if it was possible the couple would reconcile and Burgess told him that after 18 months of trying to save their marriage it was over.
Burgess described how an access visit with his two children descended into a slanging match with Mr Hooke.
In court Burgess's legal team also claimed that Mr Hooke was determined to 'ruin' his rugby league career'.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
NRL star Sam Burgess (pictured) has stepped into the witness box to defend himself against allegations he assaulted and intimidated his ex-wife Phoebe's millionaire father Mitchell Hooke
Mitchell Hooke, the father-in-law of former NRL player Sam Burgess, leaves Moss Vale Local Court in Moss Vale in November
Burgess has given evidence that three days before the alleged assault he met Mr Hooke to discuss the break-up with Phoebe, 'basically just to open up lines of communication'. He is pictured with Phoebe above in 2018
Two hours before the scheduled visit Burgess said Phoebe withdrew an offer for him to come earlier to spend more time with the children.
'He reminded me that he was the guy that brought down the Kevin Rudd government,' Burgess told Moss Vale Local Court.
'Which I found really strange.'
Burgess is accused of assaulting and intimidating Mitchell Hooke at the Hooke family home in the New South Wales Southern Highlands, although no actual physical violence has been alleged against him.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Mr Hooke, who completed his testimony in November, was in the public gallery to hear Burgess's evidence on Friday. Burgess's mother Julie was also in court.
He has previously denied bragging to Burgess that as CEO of the Minerals Council of Australia he had ended the prime ministership of Kevin Rudd.
In that role Mr Hooke had won a brutal fight over what was sometimes known as Mr Rudd's proposed resources super profits tax.
Two hours before the scheduled October 19, 2019 visit Burgess said Phoebe withdrew an offer for him to come earlier to spend more time with the children.
'I was disappointed considering the very short period of time I was allowed with the children,' he said.
To fill in time he spent about an hour and a half in the Royal Hotel at Bowral talking to locals and drinking four schooners of Great Northern mid-strength beer.
Burgess said when he arrived at the Hooke home about 2pm he was met by Mr Hooke who told him, 'The kids are there, instructions are there' then left him alone with the children.
About 4pm Phoebe, 31, sent Burgess a text message asking him to leave the property. At 4.04pm she sent another message saying, 'Let me know when you've left'
Sam Burgess grins as he heads into court with his lawyer to face charges of assault and intimidation against his estranged father-in-law
Burgess, pictured with his mum Julie left, is accused of assaulting and intimidating Mitchell Hooke at the Hooke family home, although no actual physical violence has been alleged against him
About 4pm Phoebe, 31, sent Burgess a text message asking him to leave the property. At 4.04pm she sent another message saying, 'Let me know when you've left.'
Asked how he felt after receiving that message, Burgess said, 'I was happy because I'd got four minutes extra by this point.'
Burgess sent Phoebe a text to say he would wait until she returned to the house because he did not want to leave the children unattended.
Phoebe insisted Burgess leave in another text, then Mr Hooke emerged from his office and spoke to Burgess.
'He tapped his watch and said, 'Time's up, let's go',' Burgess told the court.
'I told Mitch I thought that this was inhumane.
'At this point I didn't really want to argue or discuss things in front of the kids. I said, 'Mitch, please, not in front of the children. Let's leave it.'
'He said, 'Since you opened the batting I'm going to continue'.'
Burgess said he left the house and Mr Hooke followed him outside.
He attended Moss Vale Court for the final AVO hearing on Friday with his lawyer Bryan Wrench (left)
'I said, 'Mitch, I think you're a bad person inside and out... and that's why Phoebe is the way she is.' I told him he couldn't make up for lost time.'
Burgess said Mr Hooke approached him on the pebble driveway and said, 'You could have had all this'.
'I think he meant the property,' Burgess said.
'He was pretty upset. He then shouted at me. He said, 'F*** you Sam'. I returned serve. I said, 'F*** you Mitch, you're a piece of s***'.
'He said, 'Sam, nobody loves you. Your own family doesn't love you We loved you. You've thrown that away.''
Burgess said he then told Mr Hooke: 'No one in this whole town likes you. You're a bad person'.
'Then I called him a piece of s***,' Burgess said.
Burgess told the court he was unhappy