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Retired NRL star Sam Burgess was seen leaving court in the Southern Highlands on Tuesday with noticeably graying hair.

The former South Sydney Rabbitohs player, 32, had dark brown hair but appears to have turned gray in recent months.

A source close to the sportsman said Burgess was ‘amused’ to learn that some people were more focused on his silver locks than his recent victory in court.

New look: Former NRL star Sam Burgess, 32, admitted he was ‘aging like the rest of the population’ after sporting noticeably graying hair in a recent court appearance

“Yes, I am aging like the rest of the population. It’s just silly. Burgess told a friend of the speculation about her graying hair.

Burgess also insisted that he never dyed his hair, which had gradually turned gray over the years.

“Still a few grays these days,” he says.

Some studies show that hair can lose its pigment due to chronic or high stress levels.

However, most scientists believe that genetics and age are the main factors in the development of prematurely gray hair.

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It comes after Burgess escaped conviction for driving with cocaine in his system as he went to pick up his two young children.

Burgess pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to driving with traces of cocaine in his saliva.

Magistrate Mark Douglass told the local court in Moss Vale that Burgess had shown remorse, contrition and insight over his behavior.

Changes: it has some gray spots in June 2018

Changes: it has some gray spots in June 2018

Brunette: Sam had completely dark locks with no trace of gray in 2015 (pictured)

Brunette: Sam had completely dark locks with no trace of gray in 2015 (pictured)

Mr Douglass said Burgess went through a “ very strenuous and rigorous ” residential rehabilitation program of four weeks after his offense. This program was specifically about drugs.

Lawyer Bryan Wrench said his client had attended a residential program and returned clean drug tests since the offense.

Mr Douglass placed Burgess on a nine-month conditional release order in connection with the drug case and fined him $ 581 for each of the two traffic violations.

Burgess also pleaded guilty to driving without an NSW license and driving without a registration.

He was not charged with driving under the influence of cocaine, only with the less serious offense of having the drugs present in his system while he was driving.

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The 32-year-old was given a random drug test after being pulled over by highway patrol officers in the Southern Highlands around 1:30 p.m. on Monday February 22.

Burgess was on his way to pick up his daughter Poppy and son Billy from Bowral, about 5 miles away, when police stopped his BMW X5 on the Hume highway in Braemar.

Charges: Burgess was subjected to a random drug test after being pulled over by highway patrol officers in the Southern Highlands around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22.  Billy, Bowral's one-year-old son, when police pulled his BMW X5 to a stop on the Hume highway in Braemar

Charges: Burgess was subjected to a random drug test after being pulled over by highway patrol officers in the Southern Highlands around 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 22. Billy, Bowral’s one-year-old son, when police pulled his BMW X5 to a stop on the Hume highway in Braemar

A preliminary test detected signs of cocaine in his saliva and Burgess was taken to the Southern Highlands Police Station where a secondary oral fluid test was performed.

This test came back positive for cocaine.

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He had celebrated his older brother Luke’s 34th birthday in Sydney’s eastern suburbs at Coogee’s seaside restaurant Marrah two nights earlier.

Burgess was shot more than three weeks after being convicted of intimidating his stepfather Mitchell Hooke during a heated clash at the Hooke family’s home near Bowral in October 2019. That conviction was later overturned on appeal.

Burgess has no criminal record in Australia or the UK.

Testing: Burgess was surprised by the initial positive test and was concerned about any suggestion that his driving might have been inhibited.  He had celebrated his older brother Luke's 34th birthday in Sydney's eastern suburbs at Coogee's seaside Marrah restaurant two nights earlier.

Testing: Burgess was surprised by the initial positive test and was concerned about any suggestion that his driving might have been inhibited. He had celebrated his older brother Luke’s 34th birthday in Sydney’s eastern suburbs at Coogee’s seaside Marrah restaurant two nights earlier.

Burgess and his ex-wife and Phoebe Burgess separated in October 2019, after four tumultuous years of marriage.

They initially separated in December 2018 – shortly after the birth of their son, Billy – but reconciled in April, ending definitively six months later.

Burgess filmed the second season of SAS Australia, the premier Channel Seven television series that subjects applicants to a modified Special Forces selection regime.

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Split: Burgess and his ex-wife and Phoebe Burgess (right) parted ways in October 2019, after four tumultuous years of marriage

Split: Burgess and his ex-wife and Phoebe Burgess (right) parted ways in October 2019, after four tumultuous years of marriage

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