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South Sydney and England rugby league captain Sam Burgess (photo) has opened his way to the NRL and how he initially only had an eye for the Manly Sea Eagles

& # 39; I absolutely loved Manly & # 39 ;: Sam Burgess reveals how Russell Crowe convinced him to join his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs – although he thought the actor's first approach was a hoax

  • South Sydney captain Sam Burgess could have been a male bald eagle instead
  • Burgess saw a shift to Manly in 2009 before Russell Crowe entered
  • Crowe managed to recruit Burgess for the Rabbitohs after several meetings
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South Rugby League captain Sam Burgess from South Sydney and England has revealed that he & # 39; was playing for Manly Sea Eagles until he got a call from movie star Russell Crowe.

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In 2009, Burgess played for Bradford in the English Super League when he started playing for the NRL, he said The Matty Johns podcast.

At the time, Burgess played with Steve Menzies, a former Manly Sea Eagles member, and said he had started to love the man known as & # 39; Beaver & # 39 ;.

South Sydney and England rugby league captain Sam Burgess (photo) has opened his way to the NRL and how he initially only had an eye for the Manly Sea Eagles

South Sydney and England rugby league captain Sam Burgess (photo) has opened his way to the NRL and how he initially only had an eye for the Manly Sea Eagles

Burgess (photo) said when Russell Crowe first started guarding him for South Sydney, he thought it was a hoax and he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at the time

Burgess (photo) said when Russell Crowe first started guarding him for South Sydney, he thought it was a hoax and he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at the time

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Burgess (photo) said when Russell Crowe first started guarding him for South Sydney, he thought it was a hoax and he only had eyes for the Manly Sea Eagles at the time

& # 39; Beaver is such a & # 39; n champion and initially came to Bradford … I told him I had an ambition to play in the NRL and he said you should go, & # 39; Burgess said.

Menzies further encouraged Burgess by giving him the telephone number of Manly coach Des Hasler.

# I ringed Desi, Desi listen that I am coming, I do not want money, just give me a chance. I'll do the rest for you. But they couldn't make it work, & Burgess said,

Then from the blue Burgess received a call from South Sydney Rabbitohs owner and Australian film star Russell Crowe.

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Crowe was in England when Robin Hood was filming and had whispered that Burgess saw a move to the NRL.

When Burgess received the call from the Australian film star, he said he thought it was a joke before the reality began to make him realize.

& # 39; It came out of nowhere because I was chasing Manly, I was trying to reach Manly, & # 39; Burgess said.

& # 39; I was male on Manly & # 39 ;.

When Burgess received the call from the Australian film star (photo on the right), he said he thought it was a joke before the reality arose

When Burgess received the call from the Australian film star (photo on the right), he said he thought it was a joke before the reality arose

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When Burgess received the call from the Australian film star (photo on the right), he said he thought it was a joke before the reality arose

Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs

Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs

Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs

Crowe managed to convince Burgess to visit him on the set and they spent 90 minutes on everything except football.

During their second meeting, Burgess brought his mother with him and they avoided talking about football until the end when Crowe Burgess asked if we would like to become a member of the NRL.

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Crowe later sent Burgess a long email asking why he would fit perfectly with South Sydney.

& # 39; I wasn't sold, I loved Russell and I loved his passion, but I wanted to do a little research, & # 39; Burgess said.

& # 39; Maybe a week or two later, Russell said they will stay focused, if you want to be in South Sydney, I'll get it done. & # 39;

Burgess said he was still watching Manly at that stage, but after investigating South Sydney, he quickly changed his mind.

& # 39; They managed to close a deal, I didn't really care about the deal, I just wanted a chance, & # 39; Burgess said.

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Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs.

Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs

Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs

Since joining South Sydney, Burgess has played 176 games, scored 44 times and secured the leader of Rabbitohs

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