George Burgess' biography, age, wife, Instagram, stats, net worth

George Burgess' biography, age, wife, Instagram, stats, net worth

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM

George Burgess is an English professional rugby player. He has spent nearly nine years in Australia's National Rugby League (NRL), playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs and St. George Illawarra as a prop. However, the rugby star plans to swap his rugby career for the big screen to become an actor. This article has more on George Burgess' biography, career, net worth, and latest news.

George Burgess' age
George Burgess of the Dragons during a Charity Shield NRL trial match against South Sydney Rabbitohs at Glen Willow Sporting Complex on 26th February 2022, in Mudgee, Australia. Photo: Mark Metcalfe
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One of the best moments of Burgess' career is winning the 2014 NRL Premiership with the Rabbitohs. He was born on 21st April 1992, in Dewsbury, United Kingdom. George Burgess' age is 30 years as of November 2022.

George Burgess profile


George Burgess

Date of birth

21 April 1992


30 (as of November 2022)

Place of birth

Dewsbury, United Kingdom




1.93 m


120 kg


Mark, Julie


Thomas, Luke, Sam


Joanna King


Boston, Birdie, Blainey


Rugby player, actor

Previous team

St. George Illawarra Dragons, England national team


Locusts (2019), I Sea Love (2020), Ascendant (2021)

Net worth

$3 million

Social media

Instagram, Twitter

George Burgess' family

George's father, Mark Burgess, was also a professional rugby player. He played for Nottingham City, Rochdale Hornets, Dewsbury, and Hunslet. Unfortunately, he died of Motor neuron disease in 2007. His mother is Julie Burgess, a college teacher.

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George Burgess' family
Thomas (L), George, Julie, Luke, and Sam Burgess (R) pose after the round 25 NRL match between the Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium on 30th August 2013 in Sydney. Photo: Mark Metcalfe
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The former Rabbitohs star has three brothers; Thomas, Luke, and Sam. Interestingly, the Burgess brothers have played in the NRL. George, Luke, and Sam played together for the Rabbitohs in 2013. However, Luke missed out on the 2013 World Cup, where his three brothers were named in the 24-man squad to represent England national rugby in the tournament. Luke retired in 2018, aged 31, after battling a series of knee injuries.

"I made my (England) debut with my brothers, and nine years on, I suppose I am the last one standing. But I'm not worried about that. I just want to go out and represent my country again. We lost out in the 2017 World Cup final, and that's definitely driving me on." Tom said in October 2022.

Are Tom and George Burgess identical?

The identical brothers are known for their unique talents and skills in the NRL. Meanwhile, Luke, Sam, and Georges' retirement leave Tom as the only one among the four brothers actively playing.

Who is George Burgess' wife?

George Burgess' wife
G. Burgess and his wife, Joanna King, arrive ahead of the YOU and ME World world premiere at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on 26th April 2016, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Don Arnold
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The English star is married to an Australian model called Joanna King. The couple tied the knot in 2016 in a secret location under an ancient tree surrounded by their closest loved ones. They have three children; Boston, Birdie, and Blainey.

George Burgess' career

Joanna King's husband started his rugby career playing in the lower grades and training with the Bradford Bulls' squad. He represented England against the Australian Schoolboys in 2010 at 18, before signing for South Sydney Rabbitohs.

South Sydney Rabbitohs (2012-2019)

George Burgess' salary
G. Burgess of the Rabbitohs gets tackled during the NRL Preliminary Final match against the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at ANZ Stadium on September 27 2013, in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Cameron Spencer
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The Dewsbury-born star signed for the Rabbitohs in the National Youth Competition on 1st January 2011. He made his NRL debut in round 13 of the 2012 season for the Rabbitohs against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.

He played alongside his brothers during the 2011 NRL season, becoming the first set of four brothers to play for the same Australian team at the same time since 1910. The Norman brothers were the last siblings to do so for the Annandale club.

George made 149 appearances during his seven years with the Rabbitohs. He left in 2019 to play back home in England.

Wigan Warriors (2020-2021)

George Burgess' stats
Wigan Warriors' G. Burgess (with the ball) gets tackled by Josh Wood (second right) during one of their Betfred Super League match at Emerald Headingley Stadium, in Leeds. Photo: Martin Rickett
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The former Rabbitohs prop joined Wigan Warriors in the Betfred Super League. He played only eight games for the club in a year due to recurring hip pains. George Burgess' injury woes saw him leave the Warriors before his 3-year contract ended.

St. George Illawarra Dragons (2022)

He returned to the NRL and joined the Dragons. Unfortunately, he was released by the club at the end of the 2022 season after playing just four games.

What hip surgery did George Burgess have?

In 2021, the English athlete went under the knife for hip resurfacing surgery to help him shake off hip pain. During the process, he spent months without playing and missed a couple of matches. He returned in time for the Dragons' trial game at CommBank Stadium in February 2022.

"For once I was going into a game fit and ready to go, so I was pretty confident. It felt good to get out there with the boys, with the new team. First game in a long time, so it was just nice to get that on the board." George said.

International career

George Burgess' injury
England's George Burgess in action during the Rugby League World Cup Group A match at the KC Stadium on 9th November 2013, in Hull, England. Photo: Paul Thomas
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The talented prop played for the England Knits and England national team at the international level. He joined the national team in 2013, the same season he was named the Rugby League International Federation's Rookie of the Year. The former England player also featured for England in the World Club Series and made one appearance.

George Burgess' salary

According to various sources, Burgess penned a $120,000 deal with the Dragons. Therefore, he took home around $60,000 annually before the termination of his contract.

George Burgess' stats

George enjoyed a wonderful rugby career alongside his brothers. Although he is set to leave the stage like Luke and Sam, his incredible stats and achievements will not be forgotten.







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What team does George Burgess play for?

After being released from the Dragons, the talented prop remains without a team. He cited a misunderstanding with the team's manager, Anthony Griffin.

"I just didn't get along with Hook (Griffin) and he made it pretty clear to me, he pretty much wrote me off. I wasn't too keen to go back to train under him, to be honest. At the end of the day all you want is a coach to believe in you. There is no point me going back there if the coach doesn't believe in me." G. Burgess said.

G. Burgess' film career

George Burgess' latest news
George Burgess (R), with his brothers Luke (C), and Thomas, pose for photos ahead of the "Straight Outta Compton" Australian Premiere on 1 September 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Brendon Thorne
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According to George Burgess' latest news, the former Dragons prop is set to switch careers and join the film industry. In 2019, his long-term friend, Russell Crowe, introduced him to acting. Some of George Burgess' movies include:

  • Locusts (2019)
  • I Sea Love (2020)
  • Ascendant (2021)

Crowe, who owns the South Sydney Rabbitohs, will feature alongside the rugby player in his upcoming blockbuster movie, Land of Bad (2023). Burgess will play the role of Private Cooper, while Crowe will reportedly play the role of Reaper (a drone pilot on a mission that goes off the rails in the Philippines).

What is George Burgess' net worth?

The Ascendant star has a net worth of around $3 million that he has made from his rugby career and film exploits. He has managed to buy a house, cars, and other property in Australia and England. His net worth is expected to increase now that he is set on joining Hollywood's fraternity.

Social media

The athlete is active on Twitter and Instagram but does not have a Facebook account. His Twitter account is verified and has 61.8k followers as of 14 November 2022. However, George Burgess' Instagram account is not verified but has 11.5k followers.

George Burgess' biography and career achievements have inspired many young people to pursue their dreams. He might have come from a sporting family, but his hard work and dedication, despite his injuries, helped him become a great payer in the NRL.

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