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I won't walk away from Souths: Crowe

Rabbitohs still my team ... Russell Crowe.

Rabbitohs still my team ... Russell Crowe. Photo: Dallas Kilponen

SOUTH SYDNEY co-owner Russell Crowe has moved to assure the club's supporters he has no plans to sell up or alter the structure of the club's ownership - in fact, he says his job is a long way from being done. Crowe has also put a halt to the long-running story that he and co-owner Peter Holmes a Court aren't on speaking terms. There's been talk Crowe was looking to sell up - after all, he has turned the club around, and owning a football club is an expensive investment. After raising the issue of speculation about the club's ownership in this column last week, I contacted Crowe for clarification and it's great news for the Rabbits - he is still committed to the cause in a big way. As for a restructure, Crowe responded: ''News to me. Peter and I spent time together recently. We are both still focused on moving the club forward. We will hit 22,000 members this year. There are still things to do but we have a great board and sense of true purpose in the coaching department. We are getting to where we want to be.''

Gallop in hot demand

DAVID GALLOP has already being linked to a host of sports jobs, and while the former Australian Rugby League Commission boss can afford not to work thanks to his payout, he is sure to move into a job within months. Those looking for reasons for his demise continue to blame the ''dark forces'' - more often than not pointing at one of league's real powerbrokers, the Roosters chairman Nick Politis. They seem to forget that along with Ian Frykberg, Politis was the one who talked Gallop into the job. When he had a last-minute change of heart because some of Gallop's future allies at News Ltd wanted Graham Annesley, Politis had to persuade him to take on the role.

Redemption ... Todd Carney was a different player in Origin II.

Redemption ... Todd Carney was a different player in Origin II. Photo: Brendan Esposito

Carney comes good

TODD CARNEY has revealed how badly he stuffed up his preparation for his Origin debut and how a meeting with NSW coach Ricky Stuart and trainer Ronnie Palmer helped him star in game two. Carney says talk he was a bundle of nerves was a beat-up. ''Yeah, I was nervous, but no more than any other bloke - I just played bad,'' he said. ''I got things really wrong in the way that I prepared for the whole game and that's what cost me. When I prepare and when I train I like to plan things out. I made some real rookie errors in the lead-up to the first one. I turned up without clothes to change into. I had to hang around in my suit for half an hour instead of getting in some relaxed gear and warming up with a footy in my hand. I forgot my clothes; I mean how bad is that? And that morning I got up too late. I had brekkie with my mum and sisters when I should have been with the team and just getting my head around the game and focusing on my role. I just didn't feel at ease. Before we went into camp for game two Ricky decided we needed a plan for the week - and we needed a plan for game day. He told me that we were going to sit down on game day together and chat for an hour. We sat down, along with Ronnie Palmer, and talked a lot about life and I got to ask them questions about their time in football and it was really good - I got to know Ricky and Ronnie a lot more and they asked me about my past and things I have been through, but we did not really talk about the game much.'' Carney admitted some of the criticism really got to him. ''It's tough when people are writing stories about one-hit wonders - blokes who have played one Origin game and never been sighted again,'' he said. ''Before the team was picked they were saying that was it for me and it was nice to get out there and show that I could stand up at this level.'' Carney admitted he needs to improve his kicking in Origin III. As for his no-try which many thought should have been a penalty try, he said: ''I thought Billy Slater was going to get there and clean it up - he's pretty good in that situation.''

Culture vulture

Benji Marshall.

Benji Marshall.

RICKY STUART won't change his plan to fly players' wives and girlfriends to Brisbane on game day even though the series in is the balance. Stuart has worked hard on the Blues culture and is convinced that is a key reason for the team edging closer to Queensland in the past two years. ''It's not just the players, though, it's about their families, too,'' he said. ''The players are at the forefront but the partners and wives make so many sacrifices and they deserve to be part of this and part of a game that will decide the series.'' It's rare to see a team with the bond this Blues side has - the players genuinely want to play for each other and that's a credit to Stuart's preparation. Todd Carney was accompanied by Lauryn Eagle at the Blues' after-party. Also in attendance was former Blues forward Willie Mason. The function was heaving - but so was the after-party in Melbourne when the team lost. Stuart has developed a culture which is at least equal to that of Queesnland's.

Playing nice

RAY HADLEY'S appearance at the Blues bonding night with the 1985 winning team was interesting, to say the least. Hadley is close mates with Ricky Stuart and Blues heavyweight Bob Fulton and works on radio with Steve Roach, so he had plenty of allies. But there were some players who wondered why he was there - after all, a few of them have felt his wrath, given the number of Blues players who have been involved in off-field dramas. Hadley would have known what he was walking into. It's a credit to the players for accepting him there and Hadley for wanting to show the players some support, given he knew it could be a very uncomfortable situation for him.

Lussick's a hit

IT'S interesting that Darcy Lussick did not raise the coaching issue at Parramatta before he signed with the Eels. ''It was not an issue for him,'' said manager Wayne Beavis. He gets the chance to play at the same club as his younger brother Joey, an up and coming Eels halfback. Lussick is the kind of tough forward the Eels need. He has been doing extra work away from the field with former world kickboxing champion Adam Watt. ''We do the boxing for fitness,'' Watt said. ''But if he ever wanted to dedicate himself to the sport, he could make a mark in boxing as well.''

Blues branch out

THE Blues spent most of their build-up in Coogee but the players found a new eating spot in Randwick - Pinnochio's, frequented by Braith Anasta and Sonny Bill Williams. The team ate there a couple of times and Akuila Uate was so impressed he took his parents to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

Balbi's no fan

BENJI MARSHALL'S flourishing beard could almost start its own Twitter page, such is its popularity. But there is one person not loving it - his fiancee, Zoe Balbi. Marshall is growing the beard till the Tigers lose. Balbi is loving the winning streak but does she find the beard sexy? ''Ahh, I find Benji very sexy but the beard not so much,'' she said. ''I like that he is winning and I am prepared to watch the beard grow and grow until October … and you know beards are quite the in thing at the moment so whether he knows it or not, he is being very fashionable.''

Kearney loses ground

IT MUST be hard for Stephen Kearney knowing at least part of the Eels board is lobbying against him - and he's in danger of losing more support. There are significant figures at the Eels hell-bent on him being shown the door - and, as we first told you a few weeks back, bringing in Ricky Stuart. The campaign will heat up in coming days now that Eels chairman Roy Spagnolo is in town. Kearney needs to keep winning - it's as simple as that. Any further stumbles and he will lose those who support him in the boardroom. Kearney's biggest supporter is head sponsor Glenn Duncan of Pirtek, but as we explained, there is another sponsor waiting to jump on board, which may lessen Duncan's influence.

They love Bennett

REMEMBER the attacks on Brian Smith when he tried to change the culture at Newcastle? Some of his enemies in the media told him to get out of town. Now Wayne Bennett is starting a fire sale of players and is being praised for shaking up the club. There's no doubting Bennett is a great coach - but he is given a free go at things.

Danny Weidler is a Channel Nine reporter

 

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NRL Season 2015

Round 1
Thu, 05 MarTimes shown AEDT
BRI 6vs SOU 36 Report Stats
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 42vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 24vs NZW 14 Report Stats
GCT 18vs WST 19 Report Stats
NQL 4vs SYD 28 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 24vs CBY 18 Report Stats
CRO 20vs CBR 24 Report Stats
Mon, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
STG 4vs MEL 12 Report Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBY 32vs PAR 12 Report Stats
CRO 2vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 40vs GCT 0 Report Stats
MAN 24vs MEL 22 Stats
NQL 14vs NEW 16 Report Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 34vs SYD 26 Stats
CBR 6vs NZW 18 Report Stats
Mon, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 22vs STG 4 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN 12vs CBY 16 Report Stats
BRI 44vs NQL 22 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 29vs PAR 16 Report Stats
CBR 20vs STG 22 Report Stats
MEL 36vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 20vs WST 6 Report Stats
GCT 18vs NEW 20 Report Stats
Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 20vs PEN 12 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 29vs SOU 16 Report Stats
WST 24vs CBY 25 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 26vs PEN 14 Report Stats
CRO 22vs GCT 24 Report Stats
STG 12vs MAN 4 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 16vs BRI 24 Report Stats
SYD 34vs CBR 6 Report Stats
Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL 18vs MEL 17 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
CBY 17vs SOU 18 Report Stats
GCT 16vs BRI 26 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MAN 16vs CBR 29 Report Stats
NEW 0vs STG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 12vs CRO 20 Report Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 6vs WST 22 Report Stats
MEL 30vs NZW 14 Report Stats
PEN 10vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 22vs SYD 18 Report Stats
CRO 22vs NEW 6 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 16vs GCT 38 Report Stats
NZW 32vs WST 22 Report Stats
PEN 22vs MAN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CBR 10vs MEL 14 Report Stats
STG 31vs CBY 6 Report Stats
Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 28vs MAN 16 Report Stats
STG 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
GCT 32vs PEN 6 Report Stats
NQL 28vs NZW 24 Report Stats
MEL 17vs SYD 16 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 22vs CBR 30 Report Stats
NEW 22vs PAR 28 Report Stats
Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO 18vs SOU 10 Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 14vs WST 38 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs GCT 32 Report Stats
NEW 24vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12vs STG 14 Report Stats
MEL 10vs MAN 12 Stats
BRI 28vs PAR 16 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN 26vs CRO 18 Stats
SOU 22vs CBR 30 Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 8vs PEN 5 Report Stats
SYD 36vs WST 4 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 56vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23vs CBY 16 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10vs MEL 28 Stats
Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 16vs STG 10 Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CBY 10vs SYD 24 Stats
NQL 31vs BRI 20 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR 13vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16vs SOU 12 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
STG 32vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22vs WST 12 Stats
Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs PEN 11 Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 14vs PAR 12 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
WST 0vs NQL 8 Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 34vs CBY 41 Stats
Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW 18vs BRI 31 Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs PAR 26 Stats
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT 16vs SOU 22 Report Stats
CBR 12vs BRI 24 Stats
NQL 18vs MAN 14 Report Stats
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW 24vs NEW 20 Stats
STG 42vs CRO 6 Stats
Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs MEL 2 Report Stats
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Round 13
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs MAN 10 Report Stats
WST 20vs GCT 27 Report Stats
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 22vs CBR 44 Stats
SOU 36vs NZW 4 Stats
PEN 0vs MEL 20 Report Stats
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CRO 10vs SYD 4 Stats
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 29vs STG 16 Stats
PAR 30vs NQL 36 Report Stats
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Round 14
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
WST 34vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 21vs SYD 25 Report Stats
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBY 14 Stats
Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL 22vs PAR 26 Report Stats
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Round 15
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN 30vs WST 20 Report Stats
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs NQL 21 Report Stats
GCT 14vs NZW 36 Report Stats
CBY 24vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW 28vs CRO 30 Report Stats
MEL 12vs BRI 14 Report Stats
Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
STG 14vs SYD 19 Report Stats
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Round 16
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI 44vs NEW 22 Stats
SOU 20vs MAN 8 Report Stats
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW 30vs CBR 8 Stats
NQL 18vs CRO 24 Report Stats
PAR 16vs STG 12 Report Stats
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD 20vs GCT 10 Stats
WST 12vs PEN 35 Stats
Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY 20vs MEL 4 Report Stats
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Round 17
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 20vs SOU 6 Report Stats
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
STG 12vs NQL 18 Report Stats
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 28vs CRO 16 Report Stats
Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
WST 16vs PAR 28 Stats
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Round 18
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 36vs NEW 22 Stats
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 4vs SYD 24 Stats
CBY 8vs BRI 16 Stats
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 28vs MEL 14 Report Stats
CRO 28vs STG 8 Report Stats
Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
GCT 6vs MAN 38 Stats
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Round 19
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR 4vs CBY 28 Report Stats
MEL 52vs PEN 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR 20vs CRO 21 Report Stats
NEW 30vs GCT 2 Report Stats
STG 8vs SOU 24 Report Stats
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 24vs NZW 0 Report Stats
BRI 42vs WST 16 Stats
Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN 12vs NQL 30 Stats
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Round 20
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI 34vs GCT 0 Report Stats
WST 8vs SYD 33 Stats
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW 12vs MAN 32 Stats
MEL 22vs STG 4 Stats
SOU 52vs NEW 6 Stats
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN 24vs CBR 34 Report Stats
CBY 16vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL 46vs PAR 4 Stats
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Round 21
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD 38vs CBY 28 Report Stats
WST 34vs MEL 16 Report Stats
Sat, 01 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 14vs CRO 18 Stats
NQL 32vs CBR 24 Stats
MAN 44vs BRI 14 Stats
Sun, 02 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 46vs NEW 24 Stats
SOU 20vs PEN 16 Report Stats
Mon, 03 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 24vs PAR 14 Stats
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Round 22
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 16vs CBY 18 Report Stats
MAN 28vs SOU 8 Stats
Sat, 08 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW 0vs STG 36 Stats
CRO 30vs NQL 18 Stats
PAR 10vs PEN 4 Stats
Sun, 09 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
NEW 22vs SYD 38 Report Stats
Mon, 10 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 18vs WST 20 Stats
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Round 23
Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
NQL 18vs SOU 31 Stats
Fri, 14 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI 32vs STG 6 Report Stats
Sat, 15 AugTimes shown AEST
WST 18vs NEW 24 Stats
PEN 24vs NZW 10 Stats
SYD 28vs PAR 18 Stats
Sun, 16 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR 24vs MAN 26 Stats
CBY 36vs GCT 14 Report Stats
Mon, 17 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 2vs MEL 30 Stats
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Round 24
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG 19vs PEN 12 Report Stats
Fri, 21 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 18vs CBY 32 Report Stats
Sat, 22 AugTimes shown AEST
CRO 40vs WST 18 Report Stats
NZW 16vs NQL 50 Report Stats
SYD 12vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sun, 23 AugTimes shown AEST
GCT 28vs CBR 12 Stats
MAN 16vs PAR 20 Report Stats
Mon, 24 AugTimes shown AEST
MEL 6vs NEW 20 Report Stats
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Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
SOU 12vs BRI 47 Report Stats
Fri, 28 AugTimes shown AEST
MAN 10vs SYD 46 Report Stats
Sat, 29 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR 28vs CRO 35 Stats
NEW 18vs CBY 20 Stats
MEL 0vs NQL 0 Stats
Sun, 30 AugTimes shown AEST
WST ($1.42)vs NZW ($2.95) 14:00CSS
GCT ($3.00)vs STG ($1.40) 16:00Cbus
Mon, 31 AugTimes shown AEST
CBR ($1.55)vs PEN ($2.50) 19:30GIO
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Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI ($1.50)vs MEL ($2.50) 19:45SUN
Fri, 04 SepTimes shown AEST
SYD ($1.36)vs SOU ($3.00) 19:45AS
Sat, 05 SepTimes shown AEST
PEN ($1.47)vs NEW ($2.55) 15:00Pepp
STG ($1.57)vs WST ($2.30) 17:30ANZ
NQL ($1.12)vs GCT ($6.00) 19:301300
Sun, 06 SepTimes shown AEST
PAR ($1.87)vs CBR ($1.87) 14:00Pirtek
CRO vs MAN 16:00Rem
CBY ($1.08)vs NZW ($7.00) 18:30ANZ
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NRL Ladder 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D Pts
Sydney Roosters 23 17 6 0 38
Brisbane Broncos 23 17 6 0 38
North Queensland Cowboys 22 16 6 0 36
Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 23 14 9 0 32
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 23 13 10 0 30
South Sydney Rabbitohs 23 13 10 0 30
Melbourne Storm 22 12 10 0 28
St George-Illawarra Dragons 22 11 11 0 26
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