Burgess bags NRL rookie award
George Burgess has been named rookie of the year in the NRL on the day he received an England call-up.
The 21-year-old forward was recognised for his stellar first full season with South Sydney at the prestigious Dally M Awards in Sydney.
And, in a touching family moment, he shared the stage with brothers Sam, Luke and Thomas to receive the Peter Frilingos headline moment of the year from The Daily Telegraph.
In August they became the first set of four brothers to play for an Australian club since 1910 when they helped the Rabbitohs to a 32-18 win over Wests Tigers.
Three of the brothers, Sam, Tom and George, were all named in England coach Steve McNamara's 24-strong World Cup squad and will fly out to South Africa to meet the advance party of Super League-based players on Wednesday for a two-week training camp.
Meanwhile, former Catalan Dragons boss Trent Robinson completed a rare double when he was named NRL coach of the year, two years after being named Super League coach of the year.
Robinson has guided Sydney Roosters to Sunday's Grand Final in his first season as a head coach in the NRL.
Melbourne's Australia Test scrum-half Cooper Cronk won the big prize, the Dally M Medal, which was presented by Hollywood actor Russell Crowe.