Julie’s something to Crowe about

Winners: The Burgess boys in 2009.
Winners: The Burgess boys in 2009.

A MUM from Liversedge could be spending Christmas in Australia with Hollywood megastar Russell Crowe.

Julie Burgess became friends with the actor after rugby team the South Sydney Rabbitohs, which is owned by the Gladiator star, signed her son, Sam in 2009.

Since then, the club has snapped up Sam’s three brothers, Luke, George and Tom, and Crowe is said to have looked after the boys since their arrival in Australia.

And reports in a national newspaper at the weekend said that Julie will be jetting down under to spend Christmas with her four sons and Crowe at the actor’s farm in Coffs Harbour near Sydney.

Julie, 51, works as an assistant headteacher in Leeds, speaks several languages and is a keen rugby fan, playing for the Cleckheaton women’s rugby team in the past. She currently lives in Liversedge, but regularly travels to Sydney to watch her sons play. And after the Rabbitohs signed her youngest son, Tom, from Bradford Bulls in August, she is expected to be spending a lot more time in Australia.

And reports said that Julie plans to move to Australia in the future to be closer to her four sons as they to develop their careers.

The brothers all played for Dewsbury Moor ARLFC as juniors, with older brothers Sam, 23, and Luke, 25, breaking through the ranks at Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos respectively in the mid 2000s. Sam was signed by the Rabbitohs in 2009 before Luke followed him to South Sydney midway through the 2011 season.

Tom’s twin brother, George, was signed last season by the Rabbitohs as a junior.

Crowe and wife, singer Danielle Spencer, announced their split earlier this month after nine years of marriage, with Russell’s demanding film schedule cited as the reason for their divorce.