Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe has lauded his cousin Russell after the South Sydney Rabbitohs won their first NRL premiership in 43 years in Sydney last night.
Hollywood star Russell Crowe is a part-owner of the famous NRL club and has been a visible supporter in their quest for a 21st premiership, which was finally fulfilled last night in their 30-6 win over the Bulldogs.
"Congrats #ssfcrabbitohs on greatest victory, bookended by Slamming Sam bravery & GI genius. 80 mins of epic drama no one will ever forget," Martin Crowe tweeted today.
Martin Crowe, who recently revealed he'd suffered a relapse of lymphoma cancer, is a first cousin of the Gladiator star and the pair have a close relationship.
In a match where Clive Churchill medal winner Sam Burgess heroically played 80 minutes with a shattered cheek bone, Russell Crowe was quick to spread praise around the club which was extinct less than 15 years ago.
"It's a deep, deep satisfaction but this is a team sport and there has been a lot of people involved over the nine years and a lot of effort gone in and it's a grand reward for everyone who stepped up to the plate," Russell Crowe said.
"We weren't going to put up with South Sydney being a losing club anymore."
Crowe took over the club in 2006 with businessman Peter Holmes and was influential in signing English star Burgess and Kangaroo Greg Inglis.
Congrats#ssfcrabbitohson greatest victory, bookended by Slamming Sam bravery & GI genius. 80 mins of epic drama no one will ever forget.Martin David Crowe (@MDCroweMentor) October 5, 2014