SAM Burgess has plotted a new career move – selling beef jerky.

The ex-NRL star, 33, has revealed he has partnered with his brother, Luke on a new venture.


Sam Burges starred for the RabbitohsCredit: Getty
Burges has now launched a new business selling jerky


Burges has now launched a new business selling jerkyCredit: Instagram @samburgess8

Together, they have joined forces with Dan and Hans Vanderdonk to become part owners of Orara Valley Jerky from Coffs Harbour.

“I had never really had jerky before but I tried Dan’s and I was obsessed. I would dream of it and wake up at midnight to eat some,” Sam told The Daily Telegraph. 

 “I asked Dan if I could get on board and grow the business because I wanted to get the product out there,” he added.

The business was launched in 2007 by Dan Hans’ parents – with the four planning on attacking the hospitality sector.

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Ex-Axemen player Ryan Gil is also onboard – and they have already scored a deal with Global Foods.

According to the report, they are selling 12,000 bags of jerky each week before Burgess got involved.

Last month, Burgess was cleared by the NRL of domestic violence after his ex Pheobe accused him of abuse in a series of newspaper articles.

Phoebe claimed Burgess abused alcohol and was domestically violent towards before their marriage ended in late 2019.

The Orora Valley beef jerky sold by Sam Burgess


The Orora Valley beef jerky sold by Sam Burgess

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The allegations appeared in The Australian newspaper in October 2020, but Burgess denied them categorically.

12-months after the complaints were alleged, New South Wales Police revealed the investigation was over.

“Following extensive inquiries, no further police action is expected to be taken,” it read. 

Phoebe explained her motives were to expose what she believes is a toxic culture in the NRL, including allegations of covering up bad behaviour from players, particularly against women.