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Russell Crowe to sell stake in South Sydney

By AAP, Yahoo!7 November 18, 2012, 8:21 am

Hollywood star Russell Crowe is reportedly set to sell his stake in NRL club South Sydney at the end of the 2013 season.

According to the Nine Network, Crowe - who along with businessman Peter Holmes a Court assumed ownership of the Rabbitohs in a messy takeover in 2006 - is attempting to simplify his life by getting out of the club.

Crowe’s recent split from wife Danielle Spencer is believed to be part of the reasoning.

"From what I can understand, Russell is just trying to simplify his life," rugby league journalist Danny Weidler told Sydney radio station 2UE.

"As you know, he has been through a lot recently in his personal life, and I would say that is ... a part of his reasoning."

There has been no official comment from either Crowe or the club.

Together, Crowe and Holmes a Court hold a 75 per cent stake in the Rabbitohs, with some estimates claiming the pair have poured in $11 million into the club.

Crowe has been credited with helping revive the Rabbitohs after several years of poor performances following their readmittance to the competition in 2002.

Last season the Rabbitohs enjoyed their best season since re-admission when they reached the preliminary final, where there lost 32-8 to Canterbury.

"They are one of the sexiest clubs in rugby league," Weidler said.

"People like to play for South Sydney. They have got an image about them.

"That's due to Russell Crowe."

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  1. Paul11:25pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No wonder.

  2. rob09:25pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Carna Swans!!!!

  3. william05:00pm Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    The minute the media get a sniff of any story..especially a sporting one..the whole thought becomes real..lol before the club even knows what going on... please stop causing more concerns..it is any wonder things everywhere are a mess..and the bloody media dont help with anything... You guys will do anything to make a story anything

  4. Noel10:45am Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    A sexy club? Do Souths players' score more?

  5. Woebegone09:33am Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You've fixed it Yahoo. Well done!

  6. Les09:26am Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Sorry to see you go, Rusty. Thanks so much for all your help. The Bunnies will still see you proud. Thanks again.

  7. Woebegone09:24am Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yahoo, your grammar is incorrect. You should have written: "has held" instead of the following. The 48-year-old and businessman Peter Holmes a Court "have held" a 75 per cent stake in the club since 2006. Peter Holmes a Court is one person; ie singular and therefore "has" must be used.

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  8. LIMA BEAN09:03am Sunday 18th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Im pleased to see your showing some sense Russel & have decided to persue Politics he he he,cant go wrong,Look @ me.... :-)




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