Sam Burgess tests positive to driving with cocaine in his blood

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Burgess has not been accused of driving under the influence of cocaine as he was on his way to pick up his children, only with the less serious offence of having the drug present in his blood.
A saliva sample taken from NRL star Sam Burgess after he was pulled over on his way to pick up his two young children has been confirmed to contain traces of cocaine.

Tests by the New South Wales Forensic and Analytical Science Service at Lidcombe detected a low level of the drug in the retired South Sydney captain's system.

Burgess has not been accused of driving under the influence of cocaine, only with the less serious offence of having the drug present in his blood.

He will now set out to show the concentration of cocaine was so low it would not have hampered his ability to drive, or risked the safety of the children he shares with ex-wife Phoebe.

A saliva sample taken from NRL star Sam Burgess (pictured) after he was pulled over on his way to pick up his two young children has been found to contain traces of cocaine. Tests by the NSW Forensic and Analytical Science Service detected a low level of the drug in his system

Burgess has not been accused of driving under the influence of cocaine, only with the less serious offence of having the drug present in his blood. He will set out to show he would not have risked the safety of the children he shares with ex-wife Phoebe (pictured with Burgess)

Burgess was surprised by the initial positive test and was concerned by any suggestion his driving could have been inhibited. He had celebrated his older brother Luke's 34th birthday in Sydney's eastern suburbs at Coogee beachside restaurant Marrah two nights earlier

His lawyers are also likely to make submissions about the stress Burgess has been under over the past 18 months as his marriage fell apart and his stellar career ended due to injury.

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