Charlotte’s World of Sport

HE may have only been gone less than two weeks, but dual code rugby star Sam Burgess will be back in the country this coming weekend for a lightning visit to attend the wedding of his best friend.

Sam reckons he has missed too many weddings of his mates due to rugby commitments and was not prepared to miss the wedding of his pal, Emmerdale actor Kelvin Fletcher (alias Andy Sugden).

Sam will be joined by elder brother Luke and one of the twins, George, is also on the trip.

Perhaps it is a sign of his long-term intentions but Sam is to open a gym in Bowral south of Sydney and the home of the Don Bradman museum.

His fiancée Phoebe Hooke’s parents live in Bowral and Sam and Phoebe often travelled down there after a Friday night footy game.

Sam himself gets married next month to top Aussie model Phoebe and is moving into a brand new two bedroom apartment overlooking Bondi beach. He bought the place off plan for a reputed $2.1 m.

Mind you, Sam was not exactly slumming it before he went to Bath RFC with an apartment at Rushcutters Bay bought for $1.1m.

When he returned to Sydney earlier last week he was seen driving around in a Bentley worth $450,000 but it seems it was a sponsors car and he is back driving a jeep ..... life is tough for the lad brought up on a hillside between Norristhorpe and Heckmondwike.

Of course, at his own wedding the South Sydney Rabittohs forward will probably have owner Russell Crowe present and no doubt Kelvin and his bride ... reckon Australia may well be on the honeymoon trail.

Spotted on our trip to Northwich last Saturday, former MP Edwina Currie is in pantomime in the town playing alongside former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones (alias Les Battersby) in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.