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SAS Australia's Ant Middleton on rumour Sam Burgess 'choked out' a soldier during hostage challenge

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SAS Australia’s chief instructor Ant Middleton has finally weighed in on a long-running rumour about season two recruit Sam Burgess. 

In June, Fox Sports alleged that the NRL star, 32, had sensationally ‘choked out’ an instructor during a ‘kidnapping’ exercise for the upcoming season of the military-style Seven show. 

According to the publication, producers had to call an ambulance after Burgess put one of his ‘abductors’ in a head lock during the high-pressure challenge.  

Breaking his silence: SAS Australia's Ant Middleton (pictured) has revealed there is truth to rumours that Sam Burgess 'choked out' a soldier during hostage situation challenge on SAS Australia this year

Pictured: Sam Burgess

Breaking his silence: SAS Australia’s Ant Middleton (left) has revealed there is truth to rumours that Sam Burgess (right) ‘choked out’ a soldier during hostage situation challenge on SAS Australia this year 

Network bosses refused to comment at the time, but Middleton finally admitted that there is truth to the rumours during an interview with News Corp on Sunday.  

‘[Burgess] tried to get out of a situation and he used what he had at his disposal and that was his big arms,’ Middleton said of the controversial incident. 

However, Middleton revealed that Burgess didn’t attack one of the four main directing staff, joking: ‘He’s not that brave’. 

What else are they for? '[Burgess] tried to get out of a situation and he used what he had at his disposal and that was his big arms,' Middleton said of the controversial incident

What else are they for? ‘[Burgess] tried to get out of a situation and he used what he had at his disposal and that was his big arms,’ Middleton said of the controversial incident

Rather, it was a member of the less senior ‘Hunter Force’ who help run challenges on the show. 

Middleton assured fans that the incident was completely ‘controlled’, explaining: ‘When things like that happen we do step in, of course we do. We say, “Listen, good effort, enough is enough, let’s move on.”‘

According to the report by Fox Sports, the hostage challenge saw Burgess and several other recruits thrown into the back of a car and driven at 100km/h by two instructors posing as kidnappers.

'He's not that brave': However, Middleton revealed that Burgess didn't attack one of the four main directing staff, but rather a member of the show's 'Hunter Force'

‘He’s not that brave’: However, Middleton revealed that Burgess didn’t attack one of the four main directing staff, but rather a member of the show’s ‘Hunter Force’ 

Rumour: In June, Fox Sports alleged that the NRL star had sensationally 'choked out' an instructor during a 'kidnapping' exercise for the upcoming season of the military-style Seven show

Rumour: In June, Fox Sports alleged that the NRL star had sensationally ‘choked out’ an instructor during a ‘kidnapping’ exercise for the upcoming season of the military-style Seven show 

Intense: As part of the challenge Sam and seven other celebrity recruits were thrown into the back of a car and driven at 100km/h by two instructors posing as kidnappers

Intense: As part of the challenge Sam and seven other celebrity recruits were thrown into the back of a car and driven at 100km/h by two instructors posing as kidnappers 

Sam hatched a plan to take control of the situation, asking fellow ‘hostage’, Olympic sprinter John Steffensen to pull the handbrake, before attacking the driver. 

‘Burgess reached over and put the soldier in a head lock, choking him out, before climbing in to the driver’s seat and taking the wheel,’ the report claimed. 

‘The soldier was so damaged that an ambulance had to be called, leaving producers dumbfounded and the so-called SAS hard men red-faced.’ 

When contacted for comment, a Channel Seven spokesperson responded: ‘The new season of SAS Australia, coming soon to Channel 7 and 7plus, is the most gruelling course in the world to date. 

‘All participants will be pushed to their limits like never before.’

'Burgess reached over and put the soldier in a head lock, choking him out': Sam (pictured) asked fellow 'hostage', Olympic sprinter John Steffensen to pull the handbrake, before attacking the driver

Pictured: John Steffensen

‘Burgess reached over and put the soldier in a head lock, choking him out’: Sam (left) asked fellow ‘hostage’, Olympic sprinter John Steffensen (right) to pull the handbrake, before attacking the driver

They're back! Ant Middleton is returning to SAS Australia this year, alongside fellow DS Jason Fox, Matthew Ollerton and Mark 'Billy' Billingham for season two of Seven's SAS Australia (all pictured)

They’re back! Ant Middleton is returning to SAS Australia this year, alongside fellow DS Jason Fox, Matthew Ollerton and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham for season two of Seven’s SAS Australia (all pictured)

SAS Australia will see the return of chief instructor Ant Middleton and fellow directing staff Jason Fox, Matthew Ollerton and Mark ‘Billy’ Billingham.  

The new line-up of celebrity recruits features a mixture of famous and controversial participants, including socialite Brynne Edelsten and TV chef Manu Feildel.

Tennis champion Alicia Molik, Home and Away’s Dan Ewing, actress Bonnie Anderson and former politician Emma Husar are also set to compete on the show.

Ambulance: The incident led to an ambulance being called on-set, the report claims

Ambulance: The incident led to an ambulance being called on-set, the report claims

The series will also star Ironman Jett Kenny, volleyball champion Kerri Pottharst, Bra Boy Koby Abberton, singer Pete Murray and tennis star Mark Philippoussis.

The celebrities will endure strenuous physical activity and military-inspired challenges in order to test their true character.  

SAS Australia premieres Monday night at 7.30pm on Channel 7

New cast: Season two's line-up for the military-style competition features a mixture of famous and controversial participants

New cast: Season two’s line-up for the military-style competition features a mixture of famous and controversial participants

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