SAS Australia star Sam Burgess admits he’s ‘lost it all’ in first trailer

Former NRL star Sam Burgess has made a bombshell confession in the first trailer for season two of SAS Australia, admitting that he has ‘lost it all’.

The 32-year-old is one of 18 Aussie celebrities on the reality series, which Channel 7 promises will be the ‘toughest test of their lives’.

Sam Burgess.
The new trailer for SAS Australia shows Sam Burgess saying that he’s lost his career, his kids and his marriage. Photo: Channel 7

Elite ex-Special Forces soldiers Ant Middleton, Mark “Billy” Billingham, Jason “Foxy” Fox and Ollie Ollerton return for the second season to put the recruits through ‘the most gruelling course ever seen in the UK or Australia’.

The new teaser opens with Ant Middleton announcing that he doesn’t care about the star power from this year’s competitors.

“No matter how hard you’ve ever pushed, how much fear you’ve ever faced, that’s nothing,” he says. “Because you’re going to where you’ve never been before… To your breaking point.”


Former professional rugby league footballer Sam Burgess is then shown in the interrogation room where he is asked, “what have you got to prove?”.

“I lost my career, my kids and my marriage,” he says. “There was a police investigation into me. I turned to drinking, drugs. I’ve lost it all.”

Sam’s split from his wife and mother of his two children, Phoebe Hooke, has caused mass media attention in recent years.

American television personality Brynne Edelsten also features in the trailer, saying that she wants to prove that she is “more than just Geoffrey Edelsten’s ex-wife”.

Brynne Edelston dangling from a helicopter.
Brynne Edelston is one of 18 celebrities competing this season. Photo: Channel 7

“I’m not a gold digger,” she declares. “I can get through anything.”

The video shows the 38-year-old dangling from a low-flying helicopter before she lets go and falls into the water below.

The full line up of celebrities also includes Koby Abberton, Bonnie Anderson, Isabelle Cornish, Dan Ewing, Manu Feildel, Erin Holland, Emma Husar, Jett Kenny, Alicia Molik, Pete Murray, Jessica Peris, Mark Philippoussis, Jana Pittman, Kerri Pottharst, Heath Shaw and John Steffensen.

SAS season 2 cast
The contestants for SAS season two include Manu Feildel and Alicia Molik. Photo: Instagram/sasaustralia

“Sam took matters into his own hands”

The first glimpse of the reality series comes shortly after reports that Sam Burgess allegedly ‘choked out’ one of the instructors during filming.

According to Fox Sports, one of this season’s tasks sees Sam and seven other celebrities ‘kidnapped’ in the back of a car and driven at speeds of up to 100km/h.

While the essence of the exercise was to see who would step up and rescue the other ‘hostages’, Sam took it one step further.

“Sam took matters into his own hands, ordering [John] Steffensen to pull the handbrake,” Fox Sports reporter James Hooper claims.

“Burgess reached over and put the soldier in a headlock, choking him out, before climbing into the driver’s seat and taking the wheel.”

An ambulance was reportedly called while instructors and producers were left “dumbfounded”.

In a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, a Channel 7 spokesperson says: “The new season of SAS Australia, coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus, is the most gruelling course in the world to date. All participants will be pushed to their limits like never before.”

Season two of SAS Australia will premiere after the Olympics.

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