Sam Burgess Hires Lawyer After Being Cleared Of Misconduct

He’s a rabbit in the headlights no longer.

Sam Burgess is good to go for the Rabbitohs in Saturday night’s preliminary final against the Roosters in Sydney, after the club found that no South Sydney player had engaged in any "actionable misconduct".

And within an hour of being cleared, the 29-year-old forward announced that he had engaged the services of prominent Sydney lawyer Chris Murphy.

Burgess had been under investigation all week for an alleged lewd image sent to a woman without her consent.

At an emotional press conference on Tuesday, the Englishman spoke of the emotional duress under which his family had been placed -- but offered no further comment -- repeatedly saying the process should be allowed to play out.

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The club committed to investigate the complaint in consultation and co-operation with the NRL Integrity Unit, and appointed a panel consisting of members of both the club and the NRL integrity unit.

The club issued a statement on Friday afternoon which in part read:

"Based on a thorough review of the available evidence before it, the panel was not satisfied that any South Sydney player engaged in any actionable misconduct."

This means the review found the players did not breach their NRL Playing Contract, the NRL Rules or the South Sydney Football Club Code of Conduct.

The woman at the centre of the scandal was interviewed by NRL integrity unit investigator Karyn Murphy, but declined to be quizzed by Souths' investigation panel.

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