Thursday 12 December 2019

England flop Sam Burgess 'saves man's life' in Australia

Life saver: Sam Burgess is an all-action hero in Australia Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Life saver: Sam Burgess is an all-action hero in Australia Photo: GETTY IMAGES

Sam Burgess is being hailed a hero off the field as well as on it in Australia after reportedly saving a man's life.

According to, the South Sydney Rabbitohs squad were at the Sydney Fish Markets competing in an eating challenge when a staff member from Decosti Seafood joined in and began to choke.

Fortunately, the quick-thinking Burgess noticed the choking contestant and sprung into action.

"The Souths boys were at work doing a fish-eating challenge and then one of the managers got involved," the witness told

"They were eating and some seafood got caught in his throat and he started choking. Sam raced straight over and grabbed him and started putting his body weight on him to try and get it out.

"He was helping him for about 30 to 40 seconds and instead of spitting it out he ended up swallowing it, but if Sam hadn’t have helped it could have been bad.

"I'm telling you Sam is a hero."

The witness added that when the unnamed staff member began to choke a number of players rushed to assist him, but it was Burgess who saved his life.

"He saved his life. Another 30 seconds and it could have gone either way.

"All the guys were amazing. Taking photos with people. Michael Maguire was great and I’m a Manly fan but it’s important people know what a great thing Sam did."

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