A grinning and super fit Sam Burgess has put his ongoing legal dramas to the side as he enjoyed breakfast with his brother and friends at a trendy Bondi cafe after a workout.
But Burgess, 31, and brother Luke ventured out of the Coogee unit they now share to attend a training sessions at Air Locker Training in Bondi Junction on Friday morning.
After the former South Sydney Rabbitohs champion smiled and laughed as he enjoyed a post-workout meal with his training partners ate out at a nearby cafe.
A grinning Sam Burgess has tried to put ongoing legal dramas out of his mind during breakfast with his brother and friends at a trendy Bondi cafe on Friday morning
Burgess, 31, brother Luke and his girlfriend Tori May attended a training session at Air Locker Training in Bondi Junction
An always affable Burgess could be seen chatting with celebrity chef Scott Findlay, brother Luke, his girlfriend Tori May - and a bevvy of locals.
At one point the NRL champion laughed loudly after stepping away from the table to take a phone call.
He then returned to say goodbye to his brother's girlfriend, before patting his older brother on the chest as he left.
Training sessions at the high-altitude gym seem to be a weekly occurrence for both the Burgess brothers, who were last week joined by Luke's daughter, Grace.
Burgess' workout came just days after he took aim at ex-wife Phoebe over her alleged release of a private police statement to The Australian in the lead up to their bombshell article.
Solicitor Bryan Wrench, for Burgess, told Moss Vale Local Court on Wednesday the publication of Phoebe's statement was part of an attempt to 'ambush' his client.
Burgess has hired top Sydney barrister Phillip Boulten SC, who is also representing former NRL star Jarryd Hayne on rape charges, to act for him.
Burgess is defending a charge of intimidating Phoebe's father Mitchell Hooke, who is the subject of an interim apprehended violence order protecting him from the retired South Sydney captain.
Burgess carries an extra stool out to the table which was overflowing with fitness fanatics after their workout
The large group gathered at a Bondi Junction cafe right near their Air Locker Training session
Burgess could be seen chatting with celebrity chef Scott Findlay (pictured) and a bevvy of females
At one point the NRL champion stepped away from the table to take a phone call
Burgess patted his brother on the chest before leaving the cafe and returning to the apartment they share in Coogee
He is seeking access to Phoebe's statement and objects to it having appeared in the media without being tendered in court.
'The circumstances of the release of that statement confirm the animosity towards my client,' Mr Wrench said.
'They've tried to ambush us.'
Mr Wrench said police had confirmed to him that Phoebe made the statement late last month, just days before its contents were published.
'A statement was made on a certain date and that statement was given to The Australian,' Mr Wrench told the court.
'The police at no point released that statement to The Australian.'
Mr Wrench has suggested the document was deliberately leaked to the media ahead of the intimidation charge being heard.
The blissful photo comes after an article in The Australian newspaper last week, which contained bombshell accusations about Burgess' behaviour towards his ex-wife Phoebe and claims of excessive partying.
Burgess and brother Luke (right) attended the same training session a week earlier along with Luke's daughter Grace (front)
The father-of-two was seen at Air Locker Training in Bondi on Thursday morning, in photos that were later shared to Luke's Instagram
Sam was hit with a number of allegations in The Australian about his marriage to Phoebe (right) all of which he denies
The report by The Australian led to the NRL and police launching separate investigations into his personal life and any potential crimes (Sam and Phoebe are pictured together)
The claims have sparked an NRL Integrity Unit investigation as well as the launching of a police strike force, while Burgess has stood down from his off-field coaching role with the Rabbitohs and commentary role with Fox Sports.
Burgess's media lawyer Mark O'Brien has said: 'The allegations are false and constitute an indefensible defamation against my client.
'It is apparent sources of the false allegations are those currently in dispute with my client over various issues.'
His criminal defender Mr Wrench has now raised his concerns in open court on two occasions about The Australian article and how it came about.
'To be quite blunt, it appears that this is born out of either malice or retaliation,' Mr Wrench told the court.
Burgess was hit with an apprehended violence order taken out by police on behalf of his father-in law Mitch Hooke after an alleged confrontation between the pair last October. Mr Hooke is pictured with his daughter Phoebe
Sam denies all allegations levelled against him, which relate to an ongoing domestic violence court case involving him and ex-wife Phoebe's father Mitchell Hooke (Julie Burgess is pictured on the left, her eldest son Luke is at the front and lawyer Bryan Wrench can be seen at back)
After retiring from the NRL last year, Burgess took up a coaching role with South Sydney. In the wake of the bombshell allegations he stood down from that job and a commentary spot on Fox League
As part of the article, staff members at Souths were also accused of ignoring Burgess's alleged indiscretions.
Among the major allegations were claims about an incident inside the Burgess home at Maroubra, in Sydney's east, in November 2018, where he was behaving erratically.
A former teammate of Burgess's is due to be questioned by police over Zoom this week from the UK, where he is playing in the English Super League.
Jason Clark was the person Phoebe Burgess turned to during the 2018 incident with Sam at their home, The Australian reported.
Evidence Clark gives to police could form a key part of the investigation into Burgess and South Sydney, as well as the team's medical staff.
Burgess embraces former Rabbitohs team mate Jason Clark after a match in September 2018
Phoebe Burgess (pictured) looks downcast amid allegations against her ex-husband Sam
A close friend told The Daily Telegraph that Burgess was particularly upset about the allegations regarding his marriage to ex-wife Phoebe Burgess (The former couple are pictured together at a David Jones event in Sydney on February 7, 2018)
Clark had attended the couple's house along with Burgess' mother Julie, who had brought Sam and older brother Luke home from a city hotel.
Mr Hooke and his wife Sarah were also reportedly at the house.
Detectives have already interviewed Phoebe and visited several relevant locations, including an underground car park where Burgess allegedly received medical treatment.
A pharmacy linked to the club's doctor Andrew McDonald has also reportedly been visited by police.
Souths co-owner, Hollywood star Russell Crowe, could be called to give evidence before the NRL inquiry.
Burgess has been holed-up at his home in Coogee, in Sydney's east, since the allegations were published.
He has been left 'devastated' by the accusations against him, a close friend told The Daily Telegraph.
Burgess at a Rabbitohs training session in Canberra in September 2019. A source close to him said he has been left devastated by the allegations
WHO ARE THE BURGESS FAMILY?
JULIE: A former high school deputy headmaster, the matriarch of the family is renowned for defending her four boys, always. She followed her sons to Australia in 2012 after they had established careers with South Sydney
MARK: The boys' father died in 2007 at age 45 after a long battle with motor neurone disease. While their towering height comes from Julie, Mark is credited for giving the boys their brawn and toughness.
LUKE: The oldest of the four boys, he is known to his brothers as 'Biffa'. Luke moved to Australia in 2011 to play for South Sydney. He began dating model Yolanda Hodgson and the couple have a daughter Grace, but split in 2019.
SAM: The first of the family to make the move to Sydney, he quickly became a key part of the Rabbitohs outfit. After a few years together he married Phoebe Hooke in 2015, before their public split in late 2018. They have two children, Poppy and Billy.
TOM: Tom and his twin brother George are the youngest members of the family. He was the last of the family to move to Australia in 2011. He is engaged to Tahlia Giumelli and the couple are currently expecting a second child.
GEORGE: The 28-year-old has returned to England to play in the Super League having married wife Joanna in 2016. The couple have three children under the age of three.
Tom, George, Luke and Sam Burgess stand on either side of their mother Julie after their first appearance in first grade together in 2013
'He is angry and feels like he doesn't have a voice,' the friend said.
'[The allegations are] something that is abhorrent to him, which makes it all the more harder to stomach.'
Burgess retired last October after a spate of injuries but stayed at the club, where he has been working as a development coach.
Souths CEO Mr Solly has said he knew nothing of the allegations made by The Australian until being contacted by journalists.
Club coach Wayne Bennett said was also unaware of the allegations.
'I've been here since 2018 and I knew nothing about it until I'd been told in the last 24 hours,' Bennett said.
Burgess and ex-wife Phoebe during happier times at the 2016 Dally M awards in Sydney
Burgess (pictured with ex-wife Phoebe) has stepped down from his coaching role at Souths and denied all allegations
'I have never had a player or any staff member talk to me about it in any shape or form.
'They are allegations. When we get all the facts together and see this at the end of the day, we will take another position on it and make another statement.'
Ms Burgess remains with her family in Bowral, caring for the two young children she shares with Burgess.
Her manager Sharon Finnigan said: 'Phoebe is trying to get by and manage and care for her two children… She is doing her best as a single mother.'
The former couple married at Phoebe's parents home in December 2015 and separated in December 2018, weeks after the birth of their son Billy.
The couple had rekindled their relationship by April 2019 but split again last October.
Their divorce was finalised in April. They also have an older daughter, Poppy.