Rabbitohs NRL win reveals the real Russell Crowe
Excerpt: Indeed it seems the real, off-camera Russell Crowe, who marked his 50th birthday back in March, is very much a different man than the one the public has perceived for so long.
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Excerpt: Crowe was in the Bunnies’ room. He had already shed a tear high in the stands. When he was on the ground he sought out Issac Luke and gave him a ring – not a grand final ring – but one he designed for the team in Los Angeles about five years ago. It’s a loaner for Luke until the club buys Luke a ring.
Those are the little things Crowe does for the players and it’s why they love him. Crowe went to Prince of Wales Private Hospital to visit Sam Burgess and was there for more than an hour. He was by his bed with Burgess’ family. He was in awe of the toughness and loved how Burgess didn’t take his grand final ring off during the operation to repair his head, telling the medical staff to tape it up. And of how he told the nurses to call him Clive (because he won the Churchill Medal). Burgess may have got that line from Greg Inglis, who renamed himself Clive after winning the same award. You cannot ignore that it was Crowe who wooed Burgess – in fact the whole clan – to Souths. Crowe had every reason to boast but he didn’t when he spoke.
“I was seven years old in 1971 … I’ve got two kids – a 10-year-old and an eight-year-old. It’s a funny thing that we have in Australia, sport is a very important thing to us. It can inspire a lot of great things.
“It a fantastic example, the coaching staff, the administration, this group of players. It’s a great example you can pick yourself up by the boot straps when you are down and out and you have nothing going on and you can do it. And that is a very important thing to do.
“The strength of the community and the team as an inspirational platform for other kids’ ambitions, that’s why we are doing this. On the scale of happiness this is pretty close to the top. To be a little part of just nudging this to happen is special.”
Before the grand final Crowe took his sons on a tour of Souths’ heartland. “I went for a drive with my boys, we went through Redfern, Larpa [La Perouse], Kingsford and Maroubra and they were just blown away by what they saw, the amount of red and green, it’s just sport but it’s a pretty nice moment.”