Rugby star and Leeds United fan Sam Burgess laughs off Russell Crowe rumours

Russell Crowe & Danielle Spencer Sept 14 2011

The code switcher has cast doubt over a potential Leeds United takeover from Crowe.

This week, the talk of Leeds United has been the apparent interest in buying the club of Hollywood actor Russell Crowe. It all stemmed from this innocent Tweet:

Then, after a few tongue in cheek stories, the BBC claimed they understood he would seriously consider a bid for the club - if it went up for sale.

With Massimo Cellino's current troubles at Elland Road, the story made for great fodder.

He also currently owns a rugby league team, so has prior when it comes to working as a sports owner. He also turned them from National Rugby League also-rans to world club champions in less than a decade - so quite the success story.

One player who played an integral part in that story is Sam Burgess. The 26-year-old Rugby League hero, who recently switched codes to Rugby Union, used to play under Crowe at the South Sydney Rabitohs. He is also a Leeds fan, born in Bradford.

Yesterday he had his say on the matter, insisting that Crowe was simply having a laugh with his followers when posting the Tweet in question.

He is quoted by the Western Daily Press as stating:

"Russell's a character and he would have been having some fun, poking some fun online and it's blown up.

"I think he's a Leeds fan because I am, otherwise I don't think he knows too much about the game. I don't know if he'll end up buying the club like everyone's suggesting, but if he did then hopefully I'd have a job in there somewhere.

"He's a character, I'm sure he would find a lot of things funny on social media.

"I think that was a bit of fun, and he would have had a laugh to himself about it seeing what effect came after it."

Not many a Leeds fan believed the links were anything more than what Burgess muses they are.

But still they will be hoping for a shock takeover from The Gladiator.

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