Russell Crowe could not say Sunday was a good day for him. Peter Holmes a Court, part-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs along with Crowe, resigned as chairman and coach Jason Taylor gave Crowe an earful.

The Rabbitohs are at the bottom of the National Rugby League table “with only one win in 10 games and the club has lost $4 million in its first year under its new owners”. Crowe was on the end of a verbal beatdown from Taylor after bringing in another coach as a consultant. Needless to say, Taylor didn’t take this too well.

THE Souths coach, Jason Taylor, was swearing and shaking his head. The Hollywood actor Russell Crowe listened, stony-faced and chain-smoking.

The friction at South Sydney was evident at 6.30am yesterday outside Bar Coluzzi on Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.

As predicted in yesterday’s Herald, the board also appointed the premiership-winning coach John Lang as a consultant - a blow to Taylor, who wasn’t taking the news well at Bar Coluzzi yesterday morning. One patron observed that Taylor and Crowe had “faces like death”; another suggested “faces like thunder”.

“They were super-grim. Not happy chappies. Rusty was chain-smoking. He was fairly calm, smoking darts, while Taylor was really agitated saying things like, ‘This bloke has let me down’ and ‘That bloke has let me down’. Taylor was also saying things like, ‘What’s the time-frame for this?”‘

Crowe didn’t take it to heart when Marcus Aurelius said, “Death smiles at us all. All a man can do is smile back.” Where was that smile, sport?

Taylor could have completed the circle if he smashed Crowe on the head with a phone. Some curse would have been lifted had he followed through. He better cut back on those Hollywood commitments.

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