Souths swap one Burgess for another

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Former Bradford forward Tom Burgess is set to benefit from the axing of twin brother George in the latest scandal to hit Australian rugby league by making his NRL debut in front of England coach Steve McNamara.

George has been banned for two games and fined 10,000 Australian dollars (£6,100) after being arrested and charged with two counts of causing wilful damage to property.

He is due to appear before magistrates in Cairns on July 10.

The South Sydney prop is alleged to have hurled a street sign into a car windscreen in Cairns after celebrating his team’s 30-24 NRL win over Gold Coast Titans.

“George has obviously made a mistake but he’s put his hand up and is looking to move forward,” Souths’ former Wigan coach Michael Maguire said.

“He’s a great role model and a great kid and I’m sure he’ll get back to where he’s capable of getting to.”