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Sam Burgess is the only recruit to pass selection in the action-packed SAS Australia finale

An overjoyed Sam Burgess is the only recruit to pass selection in the action-packed SAS Australia finale


Sam Burgess was the only celebrity recruit to pass final selection on Tuesday’s SAS Australia finale.

The 32-year-old former rugby league footballer completed the gruelling course alongside John Steffensen and Mark Philippoussis, neither of who made the cut.

After taking some time to deliberate, the show’s DS (directing staff) ultimately decided that only Sam had what it took to make it as an SAS soldier. 

Winner takes it all: Sam Burgess was the only celebrity recruit to pass final selection on Tuesday’s SAS Australia finale

Chief instructor Ant Middleton admitted it had been ‘a hard decision to make’, before the DS stepped before the recruits and delivered their final verdict.

‘We’re not looking for brawn, we’re not looking for brain, we’re looking for a combination of both,’ Ant, 41, told the recruits.

‘You can take in information, divulge it and execute what needs to be done. Teamwork, leadership, everything.’

Celebrity line-up: The 32-year-old former rugby league footballer completed the gruelling course alongside John Steffensen (centre) and Mark Philippoussis (left), neither of who made the cut

Celebrity line-up: The 32-year-old former rugby league footballer completed the gruelling course alongside John Steffensen (centre) and Mark Philippoussis (left), neither of who made the cut

Passing the course: After taking some time to deliberate, the show's DS (directing staff) ultimately decided that only Sam had what it took to make it as an SAS soldier. Pictured, chief instructor Ant Middleton

Passing the course: After taking some time to deliberate, the show’s DS (directing staff) ultimately decided that only Sam had what it took to make it as an SAS soldier. Pictured, chief instructor Ant Middleton

After revealing John, 39, and Mark hadn’t passed, Ant turned to Sam and told him: ‘You have successfully passed this course. Well done.’ 

Ant then told John and Mark, 44, that they ‘lacked’ the additional ‘one per cent’ needed to pass selection, but praised their ‘amazing effort’.

‘I’m feeling a lot of things, really. Bit of emotion, joy, bit unbelievable. It was my goal. My goal was to get to the end and be selected, and it was great to achieve that goal,’ said a jubilant Sam. 

Making the cut: After revealing John and Mark hadn't passed, Ant turned to Sam and told him: 'You have successfully passed this course. Well done'

Making the cut: After revealing John and Mark hadn’t passed, Ant turned to Sam and told him: ‘You have successfully passed this course. Well done’

He went on describe it as ‘a once in a lifetime experience’, happily embracing his fellow recruits after getting the good news. 

‘What I’m taking from it is I’m going to pour all my time, my emotion, into the places that deserve it in my life,’ added the father of daughter Poppy, four, and son Billy, two. 

‘It starts with my kids and just making sure I’m the best role model for them. It’s just a great lesson in life.’ 

'What I'm taking from it is I'm going to pour all my time, my emotion, into the places that deserve it in my life,' said Sam

‘What I’m taking from it is I’m going to pour all my time, my emotion, into the places that deserve it in my life,’ said Sam

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