Sam Burgess hits back at claims of a 'family rift' between himself and his NRL star brothers amid rumours his sibling Tom and wife Tahlia are on the outs over financial issues

Sam Burgess has been forced to hit back at sensational claims there's a 'family rift' in the Burgess clan. Pictured with mother Julie and brother Luke
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Sam Burgess has been forced to hit back at sensational claims there’s a ‘family rift’ in the Burgess clan. 

The former Rabbitohs star, 34, denied reports of a feud between the tightknit family to The Daily Telegraph on Saturday. 

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The publication reported that Sam’s brother Tom and his model wife Tahlia Giumelli had a ‘falling out’ with some members of the clan over ‘money’.

Tahlia is said to be ‘on the outer,’ despite Sam’s pregnant fiancée Lucy Graham, Luke’s partner Tori Carew and George’s ex-wife Joanna Burgess all being close and celebrating together at Lucy’s baby shower earlier this month.

The brothers – Sam, Luke, and twins Tom and George – all run their activewear brand 4B The Label together.

Sam Burgess has been forced to hit back at sensational claims there’s a ‘family rift’ in the Burgess clan. Pictured with mother Julie and brother Luke

But Sam told the publication: ‘This is absolutely not the case. The Burgess family is closer than ever, it’s really disappointing to have to respond to this false rumour, it’s just not true.’

A source had told the publication: ‘I have no doubt everything will be fine soon, however right now there is tension.’

Tahlia doesn’t follow Lucy on Instagram and a source said that it was hard for her at first being welcomed into the Burgess family.

Tahlia is said to be 'on the outer,' despite Sam's pregnant fiancée Lucy Graham, Luke's partner Tori Carew and George's ex-wife Joanna Burgess being close and celebrating together at Lucy's baby shower earlier this month

Tahlia is said to be ‘on the outer,’ despite Sam’s pregnant fiancée Lucy Graham, Luke’s partner Tori Carew and George’s ex-wife Joanna Burgess being close and celebrating together at Lucy’s baby shower earlier this month

‘Luke and George gave her a pretty hard time, so did [matriarch] Julie. She did become fairly close to Julie at one stage, but I think the relationship has become strained,’ a source added.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the brothers and Tahlia for comment, in relation to this story. 

Sam has previously made headlines for his high-profile divorce from ex-wife Phoebe Burgess.  

Tahlia doesn't follow Lucy on Instagram and a source said that it was hard for her at first being welcomed into the Burgess family. 'Luke and George gave her a pretty hard time, so did [matriarch] Julie. She did become fairly close to Julie at one stage, but I think the relationship has become strained,' a source added

Tahlia doesn’t follow Lucy on Instagram and a source said that it was hard for her at first being welcomed into the Burgess family. ‘Luke and George gave her a pretty hard time, so did [matriarch] Julie. She did become fairly close to Julie at one stage, but I think the relationship has become strained,’ a source added

The brothers - Sam, Luke, and twins Tom and George - all run their activewear brand 4B The Label together. Pictured at the height of their NRL careers playing for the Rabbitohs

The brothers – Sam, Luke, and twins Tom and George – all run their activewear brand 4B The Label together. Pictured at the height of their NRL careers playing for the Rabbitohs

Last month, it was announced Sam, 34, was engaged to his pregnant partner Lucy.

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The Rugby League player proposed to the stunning Leeds hairdresser, 33, during their babymoon in Fiji and are set to welcome their first baby together in three months.

The footy star is said to have told his family and Rabbitohs co-workers about his plans to pop the question before the couple left for the trip, according to The Courier Mail.

But Sam told the publication: 'This is absolutely not the case. The Burgess family is closer than ever, it's really disappointing to have to respond to this false rumour, it's just not true'

But Sam told the publication: ‘This is absolutely not the case. The Burgess family is closer than ever, it’s really disappointing to have to respond to this false rumour, it’s just not true’

Last month, it was announced Phoebe's NRL star ex-boyfriend Sam, 34, was engaged to his pregnant partner Lucy Graham (right)

Last month, it was announced Phoebe’s NRL star ex-boyfriend Sam, 34, was engaged to his pregnant partner Lucy Graham (right)

Earlier this year, Phoebe opened up about her split with Sam and said it was her two children who saved her from despair during the break-up.

‘That was the only solid thing that I held onto. That was it. They needed me,’ she said in an emotional episode of her Under the Gloss podcast.

Sam and Phoebe married in 2015, separated in late 2018 and resumed their relationship in early 2019.

Sam has previously made headlines for his high-profile divorce from ex-wife Phoebe Burgess (pictured)

Sam has previously made headlines for his high-profile divorce from ex-wife Phoebe Burgess (pictured)

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