Off the field interview: George Burgess

What is the best meal you’ve ever had?
I’m quite partial to our ritual feed the night before a game. Sammie [brother Sam] cooks up a big spag bol feed. It’s not original but it’s definitely my favourite.

George's favourite beer, a Corona Extra. ©Corona
George’s tipple of choice, Corona Extra. ©Corona

What song do you listen to more than any other?
I’m a bit soppy at the minute; been listening to Ed Sheeran and plenty of James Morrison. And a bit of One Direction when I’m feeling like it, to mix it up a bit.

Do you have any superstitions?
Just the spag bol! I’m pretty particular about that.

Which superpower would you most like to have?
I’d have to say fly. So I could get around easier and not have to get on planes.

What is your favourite colour?
Red. Always has been. I used to have red boots when I was younger. My twin brother had blue boots so they could tell us apart.

If George could meet any dead celebrity, he would resurrect the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
If George could meet any dead celebrity, he would resurrect the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

It’s my round, what are you drinking?
Probably a Corona. I like to start off with that.

Summer or winter?
That’s easy – summer every day. Get down the beach!

What is your favourite animal?
I love lions. They’re powerful aren’t they. And leaders of the pack.

Greatest moment of your life
Pretty recent really, playing with all my brothers for South Sydney was a really special moment. And representing England against Australia with two of my brothers was a great moment too. We don’t give Luke stick for not making the England team, he was gutted. He had a tough year injury-wise. It would be a dream to get all four of us in the England team. That’s definitely on the to-do list.

TV or a film?
Quite into some TV series at the minute. Homeland and Game of Thrones – loving all those. I download them onto my iPad and watch about five in a row.

Any bad habits?
I breathe really loud without even noticing. I’ve got a knackered nose. Everyone thinks I’m snoring but that’s just the way I breathe.

Game of Thrones is an immensely popular HBO series made in England. ©HBO
Game of Thrones is an American Fantasy Drama filmed partly in Great Britain. It is one of the most popular TV shows on the planet. ©HBO

Tidy or messy?
Bit of both actually. I go through stages where I’m untidy then give myself an uppercut and sort it out.

What is your first thought on a morning?
What am I having for breakfast? Sort that bit out first then look for my phone, see if I have any messages.

Do you have any hobbies?
Catching up with my mates, going out for a coffee. Like to play a bit of golf now and then, too, but I’m not the best. The best golfer on the England team is probably Sam [Burgess], he plays off a 10 handicap but he has been as low as five or six.

What was your first car like?
I don’t drive. I’m yet to have a first car. I’ve not quite passed my test yet. My twin brother Tom passed his test when he was 17 so it’s probably why I’m a bit lazy with it.

Who is your favourite fictional character?
The dad off [US TV series] Modern Family [Phil Dunphy, portrayed by Ty Burrell]. I love that guy, he’s cool. He is my idol.

If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be?
I’d love to meet Michael Jackson. I think he was really talented so I’d love to hear him sing once more.

Burgess was brought onto the building site at an early age to lay bricks.
Burgess laid bricks before laying out opponents. ©Google

What did you do for your first job?
When I was in school I had a milk round from 2.00am-7.00am in a morning. It was pretty tiring, and then when I finished school I worked at Nando’s for a bit – I was the head griller there. I did a few jobs actually; I was a bricklayer for a bit too.

What is your earliest memory?
Probably the first time I started playing rugby. Dad took Tom and me down to training and I can remember busting my nose open and bleeding loads, and I was like what’s going on here, I don’t want to be playing this. I ended up loving it after that.

Dogs or cats?
Definitely dogs. Got two myself. Love them, especially Labradors. I miss them.

Burgess says James Graham sports a killer t-shirt tan, just like Keith Lemon, pictured. ©ITV
How one imagines James Graham looks with the t-shirt tan Burgess describes. ©ITV

Best friend in the game
I spend a fair bit of time with my brothers. On away trips with South Sydney I always room with Ben Te’o, I spend a fair bit of time with him, he’s a good guy. We do a lot of stuff together.

Funniest fellow pro
Bennie Westwood has us in stitches; he’s an absolute character. He comes out with funny quotes all the time, from films like ‘Rita, Sue and Bob too’. He’s a proper Normy (Normanton) lad.

Who has the worst dress sense?
James Graham is up there I reckon. He sticks out like a sore thumb in Australia, he looks like a classic English tourist with his fishing hat on and a T-shirt tan. It’s funny.

What do you hate more than anything?
Seeing the Aussies win.