South Sydney Rabbitohs new sponsorship deal confirms club as NRL’s most powerful brand
By: James Hooper - November 02, 2014
THE South Sydney Rabbitohs are now the most powerful brand in rugby league with the club announcing a new four-year sponsorship with Fujitsu air-conditioning.
On the back of claiming the club's first premiership in 43 seasons, the Rabbitohs have cashed-in corporately by becoming the first NRL outfit to boast only two major sponsors on the red and green jumper.
For home fixtures, the Rabbitohs will continue their multi-million dollar arrangement with the new co-owner James Packer's Crown Resorts, accompanied by the distinguished black rabbit.
And for away matches, it will be an equally strong financial arrangement with Fujitsu to compliment the famous white Rabbitoh emblem.
In typical Russell Crowe fashion, the Rabbitohs have added three other small yet significant touches to their famous cardinal and myrtle jumper.
In the collar of the home jumper, the phrase "Glory Glory to South Sydney" reminds the players of the proud history of the foundation club.
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Rabbitohs steal rising rugby star
By: JAMES HOOPER AND JAMES PHELPS - OCTOBER 31, 2014 -
PREMIERS South Sydney have scored one back against rugby union following the departure of Sam Burgess, signing teenage Australian schoolboy Angus Crichton straight out of The Scots College.
Crichton, 18 and currently sitting the HSC, is a damaging centre or backrower who the Rabbitohs have poached from under the noses of archrival NRL club Sydney Roosters.
The Australian Schoolboys star has played the last three straight seasons in The Scots College First XV, winning the GPS championship this year undefeated after making a positional switch from no. 8 to inside centre.
Tipping the scales at 100kg and standing 187cms, what really caught South Sydney talent scouts eyes’ was the four games Crichton starred in for the Sydney Roosters SG Ball side earlier this year.
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Sam Burgess given emotional send-off by girlfriend Phoebe Hooke and brother Luke as he leaves Australia for Bath
By: By CHARLIE ECCLESHARE - 30 October 2014 -
Sam Burgess said an emotional farewell to his girlfriend Phoebe Hooke and brother Luke as the new Bath signing left Sydney for the UK to start his rugby union career as a centre for the Aviva Premiership club.
It was an emotional day for all involved as Burgess said goodbye to his loved ones at the airport.
Fortunately for the injured star, his Australian girlfriend Hooke will be joining him in Bath in a couple of weeks. Luke, meanwhile, will remain Down Under playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs - the club his brother Sam has just left.
Burgess fractured his cheekbone and eye socket during South Sydney's NRL grand final win earlier this month, but hopes to be back in action soon.
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South Sydney fanatic and cancer patient Travis Reardon gets one last wish
By: VERA BERTOLA MACARTHUR CHRONICLE CAMPBELLTOWN OCTOBER 17, 2014 - Photographed at Randwick Children's Hospital.
ONE of the greatest joys in Travis Reardon's short life was to see his beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs finally win the NRL premiership.
The 12-year-old, of Ruse, died last week after a three-year fight with leukaemia.
His funeral on Friday was dominated by red and green, as his family and friends paid tribute to the diehard Rabbitohs supporter.
Travis's beaming face shot to prominence last year on the front page of the Macarthur Chronicle after he was selected by the Starlight Foundation to lead the two NRL grand final teams on to the field and present the rings to the premiers.
Unfortunately, his beloved Rabbitohs had fallen just short of making the final.
Travis's mum, Kellie Reardon, said her son had watched the grand final with all the family.
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Greg Inglis declares his commitment to NRL
By: Steve Mascord - October 17, 2014 - Photo: Getty Images
Greg Inglis has given a besieged sport some respite by declaring he would never break his contract with South Sydney to change codes - but stopped short of guaranteeing to finish his career in rugby league.
But the former Golden Boot winner has already fielded offers from French rugby union and warned rugby league would have to dramatically broaden its national and international base if it hoped to retain other stars.
The decision of current Dally M co-holder Jarryd Hayne to quit the sport immediately in the hope of linking with an NFL franchise dominated discussions as the Australian team for the upcoming Four Nations gathered in Brisbane.
"I made a decision to stay in this game a long time ago," Inglis told reporters at the Australians' Brisbane base.
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Claire Harvey: I have a massive mum-crush on Julie Burgess
By: CLAIRE HARVEY - OCTOBER 12, 2014 - Picture Gregg Porteous
SAM Burgess says he didn't feel the agony of his fractured eye socket and cheekbone during the Grand Final.
No. I reckon it's because his mum was taking the pain for him.
So much has been said about how the four Burgess brothers - Tom, Sam, George and Luke - are incredible athletes individually and a record-setting quartet, the first four-bro act in a century to play simultaneously for an Australian rugby league club.
But for me the most inspiring Burgess, by far, is Julie.
To be a mother of four children, and four boys at that, is an achievement in itself.
To raise those four children with enough commitment and determination to practice any craft at the highest level is an accomplishment.
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Unlocking the secret to South Sydney Rabbitohs' success
By: Daisy Dumas - October 11, 2014 - Photo: Brett Hemmings
Moments before the South Sydney Rabbitohs' historic season win on Sunday were two very different locker room atmospheres.
In one, balls were thrown, tackles practiced, a nervous energy dominating TV images of the Bulldogs' changing room. In the other, relative calm as players sat in a semi-circle of chairs - a team whose energy, at that crucial point, appeared to be focused on the mind.
The men were putting their "mind resilience training" practice to use, tapping into a secret weapon that has, for the first time, contributed to an NRL training stratagem, giving Rabbitohs players an armoury of tools to help conquer distractions, anxiety and pressure.
The pioneering program, known as OutOfYourMind, has been so successful that head coach Michael Maguire has confirmed that he will be using the techniques in next season's training regime.
"We lifted performance through mind training. I knew that more focus in that area would give us a strength and it definitely did," Maguire told Fairfax Media. "It had a
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