Police investigating AVO claim made against NRL star Sam Burgess by father-in-law, Mitchell Hooke.

An apprehended violence order (AVO) has reportedly been taken out against NRL star Sam Burgess by his father-in-law, Mitchell Hooke.

The incident, which follows media reports that the South Sydney captain has split with his wife Phoebe Burgess (nee Hooke), reportedly took place at a property in the NSW Southern Highlands and is being investigated by police.

It is believed Phoebe’s family has a property in Bowral and Sam was there visiting his two children – Poppy, two-years-old, and Billy, 10-months-old – who he shares with Phoebe.


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An AVO application involving Burgess is due to come before Moss Vale Local Court on November 6. The matter is listed as being made by NSW Police on behalf of Burgess’ father-in-law Mitchell Hooke.

“Police are investigating an incident at a property near Bowral shortly before 5pm yesterday,” a police spokeswoman said on Sunday afternoon.


“There are no reports of any injuries.”

The Daily Telegraph has reported an argument allegedly escalated at the family property between the 30-year-old and Mitchell Hooke; the police were contacted after the NRL player had left the house. Burgess left when asked to.

The news follows reports on Sunday by The Daily Telegraph that Phoebe, a journalist, is wanting to move to Bowral permanently.

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Phoebe and Sam Burgess were married for nearly four years but have reportedly split. Image: Instagram.

"It makes sense as Phoebe’s support network is in Bowral. She grew up there, her mum and dad are there and her sister Jemima has just moved home," a source told the publication.

"One thing is for sure, it is definitely over this time and they are now trying to figure out how to co-parent long-term."

Phoebe and Sam Burgess were married for nearly four years, and this is the second time they have reportedly split. Neither have commented or confirmed their split.

- With AAP.