Russell Crowe has publicly thanked outgoing NSW Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian for her ‘tireless work’ the day after she shocked the nation by resigning.
The esteemed Australiana actor, who is focused on his South Sydney Rabbitohs team the day before the NRL Grand Final, took the time to give Ms Berejiklian a glowing reference on Twitter.
Ms Berejiklian, 51, was at the helm of NSW during some of the state’s most difficult times in living memory, including the global pandemic, floods, drought and the ‘Black Summer’ wildfires of 2019 that hit Crowe’s property near Coffs Harbor ‘absolutely devastated’.
Russell Crowe, who is focused on his South Sydney Rabbitohs team the day before the NRL Grand Final, took the time to give Gladys Berejiklian a glowing reference on social media
Crowe was one of many high profile people to pay tribute to Ms Berejiklian after her shock resignation
“Personally I would like to thank Gladys for her tireless work during a very difficult time,” Crowe tweeted Friday. “What a tough job.”
“Thank you for the effort you have put in and the stress you have endured. You led from the front. With perspective, history will kindly determine your tenure.”
Crowe’s sprawling 400-acre estate near Coffs Harbor was hit by wildfires as NSW endured “catastrophic” fire conditions.
His home was saved by dedicated firefighters during the terrifying fires.
Mr Crowe’s glowing reference was one of hundreds of tributes Ms Berejiklian has received since she quit a corruption investigation into her relationship with disgraced MP Daryl Maguire.
Mr Crowe’s property near Coffs Harbor was ‘absolutely destroyed’ in the 2019 bushfires, one of several crises that accompanied Ms Berejiklian NSW. Crowe is pictured above chopping a tree that blocked the path to his property after the fires
The sprawling mansion of Russell’s Crowe (pictured) near Coffs Harbor was hit by bushfires after NSW endured ‘catastrophic’ fire conditions
Crowe will watch the NRL Grand Final in Thailand on Sunday alongside his ‘special buddy’ and ex Rabbitohs player Sam Burgess.
The pair are working together abroad on a new film.
The father of two, Mr. Burgess, whose legendary performance led Souths to win the 2014 Grand Final, says he and Bunnies’ co-owner, Mr. Crowe, are excited for the footy decider on Sunday and even bought pies to eat during the rest.
Russell Crowe (left) and 2014 Grand Final hero Sam Burgess are back together for the 2021 NRL decider, but this time in Thailand
The Rabbitohs will meet the Penrith Panthers at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, despite initial fears the game could be postponed due to an evolving Covid outbreak in southeastern Queensland.
Queensland announced two new community-acquired Covid cases on Friday, but the biggest league game of the year is still expected to continue.
“Mate we’re going to be together, obviously we’re here in Thailand right now, we’ll watch the match here, we’ll have pies ready for halftime,” Mr. Burgess told MG and Liam on Triple M’s The Rush Hour.
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“Garlo’s pies,” Burgess clarified. Garlo’s Pies is a family run business partly run by former Souths player Sean Garlick.
The ex-league star joked that he was Mr Crowe’s spiritual advisor on the set of his new movie.
Burgess explained that Crowe was “calm” but “enthusiastic” about the Grand Final and puts his trust in Wayne Bennett of South, who has won the Grand Final seven times.
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“He has a saying ‘in Wayne we trust’, it’s so true,” Mr Burgess said.
The Panthers are currently the favorites for the Grand Final.
Crowe, who owns 37.5 percent of the club, convinced Burgess to sign for Souths in 2009 after inviting Burgess and his mother Julie to the set of his movie Robin Hood.
“He is a very special man, I am very happy for him and the club and everyone involved.”
The pair have remained close since Burgess’ early retirement from the game in 2019.
Only 32, Burgess made 182 appearances for Souths and won the Clive Churchill Medal after playing with a broken cheekbone in the famous 2014 win.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk has been accused of avoiding another lockdown in her state so that the grand final can go ahead this weekend.
Despite four new confirmed cases of Covid overnight, the match is expected to be played in front of a 75 percent crowd of just under 40,000 people.