Crowe looking to purchase

Actor Russell Crowe is in negotiations to buy Australian rugby league team South Sydney Rabbitohs, according to the club. Chairman Nick Pappas told the League Correspondent that Crowe and businessman Peter Holme were in talks to buy part or all of the club.

The Oscar-winning Gladiator star is a passionate fan of the club, which plays in the National Rugby League.

He took part in protests when they were excluded from the NRL in 2001 and 2002.

He also arranged for the players to wear the title of his latest film, Cinderella Man, on their shirts.

Mr Pappas said "They're looking at this together and we've been speaking to them together.

"We're very excited and very honoured, I should say, that Peter and Russell are talking to us about proposals that would entrench the club as a Sydney club forever."

There has been speculation that the club may move out of the city.