The Rabbitohs star is the new face of Canterbury’s AW 17 activewear range.
At 196cm and 116kg, we don’t think South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess would mind us saying he doesn’t quite look like your average male model.
But donning Canterbury’s new AW17 range to promote the stylish sports apparel, big Sam the Englishman is quite the natural — and he takes some time out to chat with Men’s Style about all things fashion and football.
How’s the vibe around the Souths sheds at the moment, and what are your goals for the rest of 2017?
“The vibe is good at the moment. We have a tough run home at the season end but we wouldn’t have it any other way . . . [my goal is] obviously to play finals football with Souths this season. Outside of that representing England in another World Cup would be amazing especially as this year’s tournament is over in Australia and NZ.”
Who’s the sharpest dresser at the Rabbitohs, and who’s the sloppiest? What sort of clothes do they get around in?
“Well, believe it or not, we have some fun with fashion in our change rooms. Jason Clark always likes to get dressed up and look the part. His go-to at the moment is a snug pair of jeans, a clean crisp T-shirt with a nice blazer.”
You and your brothers have a reputation for being pretty stylish and well groomed — who’s your competition in terms of other blokes who spend a bit of time in front of the mirror?
“Wow, the list could be endless here. We have a team who love to spend time in front of the mirrors — especially in the gym.”
Can you tell us about this new Canterbury gear — how are you liking it, and what role does it play in your preparation, performance, and recovery?
“The new CCC range is fantastic, it’s always important to feel good, look good and be comfortable whilst training and that’s what the new range gives me. I live in the compression garments post training to help my legs recover and it’s now become a part of my fashion regime!”
What do you get out of wearing compression garments?
“A number of things — firstly, the benefit I gain for my recovery. It helps me get ready for my next days work. It’s also become a part of my wardrobe on my days off. Walking the dog, days off, any relaxed activity, I’m wearing my compression.”
You’re the face of the campaign — are you a natural at this modelling caper?
“Certainly not a natural at this modelling job but it’s something the more you do the more comfortable you get. Look out Milan!”