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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 6 vs SOU 36 Report Stats
Fri, 06 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 42 vs MAN 12 Report Report Stats
Sat, 07 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 24 vs NZW 14 Report Stats
GCT 18 vs WST 19 Report Stats
NQL 4 vs SYD 28 Report Stats
Sun, 08 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 24 vs CBY 18 Report Stats
CRO 20 vs CBR 24 Report Stats
Mon, 09 MarTimes shown AEDT
STG 4 vs MEL 12 Report Stats
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Round 2
Fri, 13 MarTimes shown AEDT
CBY 32 vs PAR 12 Report Stats
CRO 2 vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 14 MarTimes shown AEDT
PEN 40 vs GCT Report Stats
MAN 24 vs MEL 22 Stats
NQL 14 vs NEW 16 Report Stats
Sun, 15 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 34 vs SYD 26 Stats
CBR 6 vs NZW 18 Report Stats
Mon, 16 MarTimes shown AEDT
WST 22 vs STG 4 Stats
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Round 3
Fri, 20 MarTimes shown AEDT
MAN 12 vs CBY 16 Report Stats
BRI 44 vs NQL 22 Report Stats
Sat, 21 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 29 vs PAR 16 Report Stats
CBR 20 vs STG 22 Report Stats
MEL 36 vs CRO 18 Report Stats
Sun, 22 MarTimes shown AEDT
SOU 20 vs WST 6 Report Stats
GCT 18 vs NEW 20 Report Stats
Mon, 23 MarTimes shown AEDT
SYD 20 vs PEN 12 Report Stats
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Round 4
Fri, 27 MarTimes shown AEDT
PAR 29 vs SOU 16 Report Stats
WST 24 vs CBY 25 Report Stats
Sat, 28 MarTimes shown AEDT
NEW 26 vs PEN 14 Report Stats
CRO 22 vs GCT 24 Report Stats
STG 12 vs MAN 4 Report Stats
Sun, 29 MarTimes shown AEDT
NZW 16 vs BRI 24 Report Stats
SYD 34 vs CBR 6 Report Stats
Mon, 30 MarTimes shown AEDT
NQL 18 vs MEL 17 Stats
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Round 5
Fri, 03 AprTimes shown AEDT
CBY 17 vs SOU 18 Report Stats
GCT 16 vs BRI 26 Report Stats
Sat, 04 AprTimes shown AEDT
MAN 16 vs CBR 29 Report Stats
NEW vs STG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 05 AprTimes shown AEST
SYD 12 vs CRO 20 Report Stats
Mon, 06 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 6 vs WST 22 Report Stats
MEL 30 vs NZW 14 Report Stats
PEN 10 vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 6
Fri, 10 AprTimes shown AEST
BRI 22 vs SYD 18 Report Stats
CRO 22 vs NEW 6 Report Stats
Sat, 11 AprTimes shown AEST
PAR 16 vs GCT 38 Report Stats
NZW 32 vs WST 22 Report Stats
PEN 22 vs MAN 12 Report Stats
Sun, 12 AprTimes shown AEST
CBR 10 vs MEL 14 Report Stats
STG 31 vs CBY 6 Report Stats
Mon, 13 AprTimes shown AEST
SOU 12 vs NQL 30 Report Stats
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Round 7
Fri, 17 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 28 vs MAN 16 Report Stats
STG 12 vs BRI 10 Report Stats
Sat, 18 AprTimes shown AEST
GCT 32 vs PEN 6 Report Stats
NQL 28 vs NZW 24 Report Stats
MEL 17 vs SYD 16 Report Stats
Sun, 19 AprTimes shown AEST
WST 22 vs CBR 30 Report Stats
NEW 22 vs PAR 28 Report Stats
Mon, 20 AprTimes shown AEST
CRO 18 vs SOU 10 Stats
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Round 8
Fri, 24 AprTimes shown AEST
CBY 14 vs WST 38 Stats
Sat, 25 AprTimes shown AEST
NZW 28 vs GCT 32 Report Stats
NEW 24 vs NQL 26 Report Stats
SYD 12 vs STG 14 Report Stats
MEL 10 vs MAN 12 Stats
BRI 28 vs PAR 16 Stats
Sun, 26 AprTimes shown AEST
PEN 26 vs CRO 18 Stats
SOU 22 vs CBR 30 Stats
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Round 9
Fri, 08 MayTimes shown AEST
BRI 8 vs PEN 5 Report Stats
SYD 36 vs WST 4 Stats
Sat, 09 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 56 vs GCT 16 Stats
CRO 16 vs NZW 20 Stats
NQL 23 vs CBY 16 Stats
Sun, 10 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 30 vs NEW 10 Stats
PAR 10 vs MEL 28 Stats
Mon, 11 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 16 vs STG 10 Stats
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Round 10
Fri, 15 MayTimes shown AEST
CBY 10 vs SYD 24 Stats
NQL 31 vs BRI 20 Stats
Sat, 16 MayTimes shown AEST
PAR 13 vs NZW 17 Report Stats
GCT 22 vs CRO 23 Report Stats
MEL 16 vs SOU 12 Stats
Sun, 17 MayTimes shown AEST
STG 32 vs CBR 18 Report Stats
NEW 22 vs WST 12 Stats
Mon, 18 MayTimes shown AEST
MAN 10 vs PEN 11 Stats
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Round 11
Fri, 22 MayTimes shown AEST
SOU 14 vs PAR 12 Report Stats
Sat, 23 MayTimes shown AEST
WST vs NQL 8 Stats
Sun, 24 MayTimes shown AEST
CBR 34 vs CBY 41 Stats
Mon, 25 MayTimes shown AEST
NEW 18 vs BRI 31 Stats
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Round 12
Fri, 29 MayTimes shown AEST
PEN vs PAR 19:45Pepper Stadium
Sat, 30 MayTimes shown AEST
GCT vs SOU 15:00Cbus Super Stadium
CBR vs BRI 17:30GIO Stadium
NQL vs MAN 19:301300 Smiles Stadium
Sun, 31 MayTimes shown AEST
NZW vs NEW 14:00MSS
STG vs CRO 16:00Jubilee Oval
Mon, 01 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs MEL 19:00AS
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Round 13
Fri, 05 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs MAN 19:35SUN
WST vs GCT 19:35VAS
Sat, 06 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW vs CBR 15:00HS
SOU vs NZW 17:30nib Stadium
PEN vs MEL 19:30Pepper Stadium
Sun, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
CRO vs SYD 16:00Remondis Stadium
Mon, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY vs STG 16:00ANZ
PAR vs NQL 19:00Pirtek Stadium
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Round 14
Fri, 12 JunTimes shown AEST
WST vs SOU 19:45ANZ
Sat, 13 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW vs SYD 18:00MSS
Sun, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
GCT vs CBY 16:00Cbus Super Stadium
Mon, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
MEL vs PAR 19:00AAMI
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Round 15
Fri, 19 JunTimes shown AEST
MAN vs WST 19:45BO
Sat, 20 JunTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NQL 15:00GIO Stadium
GCT vs NZW 17:30Cbus Super Stadium
CBY vs PEN 19:30ANZ
Sun, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
NEW vs CRO 14:00HS
MEL vs BRI 16:00AAMI
Mon, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
STG vs SYD 19:00AS
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Round 16
Fri, 26 JunTimes shown AEST
BRI vs NEW 19:35SUN
SOU vs MAN 19:35ANZ
Sat, 27 JunTimes shown AEST
NZW vs CBR 15:00MSS
NQL vs CRO 17:301300 Smiles Stadium
PAR vs STG 19:30Pirtek Stadium
Sun, 28 JunTimes shown AEST
SYD vs GCT 14:00AS
WST vs PEN 16:00VAS
Mon, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
CBY vs MEL 19:00Belmore Sports Ground
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Round 17
Fri, 03 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs SOU 19:45Pepper Stadium
Sat, 04 JulTimes shown AEST
STG vs NQL 19:30WIN
Sun, 05 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN vs CRO 16:00BO
Mon, 06 JulTimes shown AEST
WST vs PAR 19:00ANZ
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Round 18
Fri, 10 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs NEW 19:45GIO Stadium
Sat, 11 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs SYD 17:30Pepper Stadium
CBY vs BRI 19:30ANZ
Sun, 12 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs MEL 14:00MSS
CRO vs STG 16:00Remondis Stadium
Mon, 13 JulTimes shown AEST
GCT vs MAN 19:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 19
Fri, 17 JulTimes shown AEST
PAR vs CBY 19:35ANZ
MEL vs PEN 19:35AAMI
Sat, 18 JulTimes shown AEST
CBR vs CRO 15:00GIO Stadium
NEW vs GCT 17:30HS
STG vs SOU 19:30SCG
Sun, 19 JulTimes shown AEST
SYD vs NZW 14:00AS
BRI vs WST 16:00SUN
Mon, 20 JulTimes shown AEST
MAN vs NQL 19:00BO
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Round 20
Fri, 24 JulTimes shown AEST
BRI vs GCT 19:35SUN
WST vs SYD 19:35ANZ
Sat, 25 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs MAN 15:00MSS
SOU vs NEW 17:30ANZ
MEL vs STG 19:30AAMI
Sun, 26 JulTimes shown AEST
PEN vs CBR 14:00Pepper Stadium
CBY vs CRO 16:00Belmore Sports Ground
Mon, 27 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL vs PAR 19:001300 Smiles Stadium
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Round 21
Thu, 30 JulTimes shown AEST
NZW vs CRO 22:00MSS
Fri, 31 JulTimes shown AEST
NQL vs CBR 00:001300 Smiles Stadium
STG vs NEW 00:00Jubilee Oval
SOU vs PEN 00:00ANZ
SYD vs CBY 00:00AS
MAN vs BRI 00:00TBA
WST vs MEL 00:00VAS
GCT vs PAR 00:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 22
Thu, 06 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs STG 22:00MSS
Fri, 07 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs CBY 00:00SUN
NEW vs SYD 00:00HS
CBR vs WST 00:00GIO Stadium
MAN vs SOU 00:00BO
CRO vs NQL 00:00Remondis Stadium
MEL vs GCT 00:00AAMI
PAR vs PEN 00:30TIO
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Round 23
Thu, 13 AugTimes shown AEST
BRI vs STG 00:00SUN
CBY vs GCT 00:00TBA
NQL vs SOU 00:001300 Smiles Stadium
PEN vs NZW 00:00Pepper Stadium
CBR vs MAN 00:00GIO Stadium
SYD vs PAR 00:00AS
CRO vs MEL 00:00Remondis Stadium
WST vs NEW 00:00CSS
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Round 24
Wed, 19 AugTimes shown AEST
NZW vs NQL 22:00MSS
Thu, 20 AugTimes shown AEST
STG vs PEN 00:00WIN
SOU vs CBY 00:00ANZ
SYD vs BRI 00:00AS
MAN vs PAR 00:00BO
CRO vs WST 00:00Remondis Stadium
MEL vs NEW 00:00AAMI
GCT vs CBR 00:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 25
Thu, 27 AugTimes shown AEST
PAR vs CRO 00:00Pirtek Stadium
NEW vs CBY 00:00HS
SOU vs BRI 00:00AS
CBR vs PEN 00:00GIO Stadium
MAN vs SYD 00:00BO
MEL vs NQL 00:00AAMI
WST vs NZW 00:00CSS
GCT vs STG 00:00Cbus Super Stadium
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Round 26
Thu, 03 SepTimes shown AEST
BRI vs MEL 00:00SUN
CBY vs NZW 00:00ANZ
NQL vs GCT 00:001300 Smiles Stadium
STG vs WST 00:00ANZ
PAR vs CBR 00:00Pirtek Stadium
PEN vs NEW 00:00Pepper Stadium
SYD vs SOU 00:00AS
CRO vs MAN 00:00Remondis Stadium
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NRL Ladder 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D Pts
Melbourne Storm 10 7 3 0 16
Brisbane Broncos 11 8 3 0 16
St George-Illawarra Dragons 10 7 3 0 16
North Queensland Cowboys 11 8 3 0 16
Sydney Roosters 10 5 5 0 12
South Sydney Rabbitohs 11 6 5 0 12
Warriors 10 5 5 0 12
Penrith Panthers 10 5 5 0 12
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