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bruce

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I was merely taking the piss about Australians often being racist, and him allegedly making racist comments about the warriors players... match made in heaven.
From all accounts he was off his face at the time and making a general idiot of himself in a flash restaurant, then he saw Eric in the toilets and the insult occurred, I don't think you could read anything into his true attitude in that situation.
 

mt.wellington

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Used to live in Avondale and is a cousin of the cricketers Crowe. The NRL loves him though because Souths would be dead without him.

It wasnt Russ who saved the Rabbitohs in 2002. That was George Piggins and to a lesser extent Nick Pappas. His partnership with Peter Holmes à Court helped the club stay independant from an NRL takeover though.

I think the NRL like the star factor he brings to the game and Russ is always keen on promoting his club, and by default the NRL, with his many star mates...
 
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I saw an article today about Owen Glenn's domestic violence report. In the article it mentioned he's had quite a few health issues lately; just thought I'd mention it as it may have played a part in the negotiations to sell out of the club. The issues with the Warriors and the other ventures with Watson have probably caused him a lot of stress he doesn't need at the moment. The Warriors although high profile is probably the venture between the two that was for the least amount of money. It may have been a case of settling for a decent sum and move on.

Hopefully his health improves. It's unfortunate the partnership didn't work out as with the amount of money Glenn was investing into NZ sport at the time for NZ Hockey and up at the Millennium Institute it could have set the club up financially for a long time. An NRL club isn't cheap to run so getting extra money on top of the grants would have helped.
 
From all accounts he was off his face at the time and making a general idiot of himself in a flash restaurant, then he saw Eric in the toilets and the insult occurred, I don't think you could read anything into his true attitude in that situation.

Au-contraire, I've often found peoples true feelings bubble to the surface under the assistance of liquor.
 
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I heard from someone on the inside.....that Crowe dissed Watson in front of Watson's date, Crowe allegedly used Watsons date as a mechanism to get at him.....

All tabloid stuff, and not for serious league fans to lose any sleep over.

Woteva the reason, no one disputes Maximus got bested by Erik the Viking.
 
I heard from someone on the inside.....that Crowe dissed Watson in front of Watson's date, Crowe allegedly used Watsons date as a mechanism to get at him.....

All tabloid stuff, and not for serious league fans to lose any sleep over.

Woteva the reason, no one disputes Maximus got bested by Erik the Viking.

Who usurped by Erik, in act of cowardly revenge then banished his horde to far nether regions of Perth for all eternity...;)
 
Watson takes over as Warriors chairman

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Warriors owner Eric Watson is taking over the chairmanship of the club.

And in further changes, the club has appointed successful Auckland businesswoman Niki Shuck to its board.

The reshaping of the NRL franchise's board follows Watson's move to acquire sole ownership of the club late last year after a fallout with co-owner Sir Owen Glenn.

It's the first time since Watson acquired the club in late 2000 that he has been a 100 per cent shareholder.

Under the new ownership model he becomes chairman, taking over from Bill Wavish who has been in the role since 2012. Wavish remains on the board as a director.

"With Eric the sole owner it's logical he should now become chairman," said Warriors managing director Jim Doyle. "It will mean Eric and I will have a closer working relationship."

Watson paid tribute to Wavish for his contribution as chairman.

"I'd like to thank Bill for the outstanding job he did during what have been challenging times, including ownership changes," he said.

As well as Watson becoming chairman, there are three new directors on the board in Owen Eastwood, Cameron George and Schuck.

"By bringing on Owen, Cameron and Niki the board now includes expertise covering all aspects of the business," said Doyle.

Southland-raised Eastwood, a lawyer, is a consultant to teams and organisations on developing high performance team culture. He has previous associations with the All Blacks through sponsor adidas, English Premier League club Chelsea, the South African cricket team and the military command group of NATO while he is currently retained by the City Football Group, who work with Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City, the Scotland rugby union team, the executive committee of Investec and the (England) Football Association.

Australian-born George has been the Auckland Racing Club's CEO since 2012 and has a commercial, corporate and event management background.

Dunedin-born Schuck is a public relations and communications expert. She runs her own PR and talent management company and has previously had communications roles with Sky City, Westpac and House of Travel.

https://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11583761
 
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It will be interesting to see if he is now more hands on with the club now that he is the Chairman. Or is it just as Doyle said that it makes sense; probably does instead of having a Chairman report to one owner. Cut out the middleman.

Just keep the funds coming Eric and get ready to repeat the semi final tickets for NZ passport holders to boost our support. Doyle has got this whole CEO and running an NRL club covered; just sit back and relax.;)
 
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It will be interesting to see if he is now more hands on with the club now that he is the Chairman. Or is it just as Doyle said that it makes sense; probably does instead of having a Chairman report to one owner. Cut out the middleman.

Just keep the funds coming Eric and get ready to repeat the semi final tickets for NZ passport holders to boost our support. Doyle has got this whole CEO and running an NRL club covered; just sit back and relax.;)

I heard that Crowe insulted him in a restaurant. Watson followed Crowe into the restaurant and beat the shit out of him. Evidently, Watson had been in training with Betham?, doing some boxing and martial arts. Watson is not someone to be trifled with.
 
Wavish stepped down as CEO of DSE back in 2012, so that's at least 2 years since then for the last guy to be held to account.

I don't believe Wavish was ever CEO of DSE. He was certainly a director and he resigned this position in March 2015

https://dicksmithholdings.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Bill-Wavish-resignation-3Z.pdf

Here he is in 2012 talking about the sale of DSE to private equity firm Anchorage Capital Partners

https://www.afr.com/business/retail...ick-smith-yet-says-bill-wavish-20120926-j1od9

In the DSE prospectus he is listed as a director and also a consultant for the float of DSE

https://www.businessspectator.com.au/sites/default/files/DICK SMITH PROSPECTUS_0.pdf

7.2.2.3 Remuneration of Directors
Phillip Cave (and other persons associated with him and Anchorage) is entitled to receive a proportion of the
distributions from the sale of Dick
Smith Sub. The entitlements to distributions may be determined by both
reference to such persons being direct or indirect investors in the Anchorage managed funds which are
Existing Ordinary Owners and through profit share arrangements relating to the returns of those Anchorage
funds as a whole.

William Wavish, Robert Ishak and Lorna Raine, directors of the Company, were also engaged as consultants to
the Company in October 2013 to assist in preparing for the Offer. Their respective total remuneration for these
services up to Listing will amount to approximately $115,000 each.

Much has been written of the failure of DSE and just where all the bodies are buried. Read these for more info

https://foragerfunds.com/bristlemouth/dick-smith-is-the-greatest-private-equity-heist-of-all-time/

https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/dick-smith-shares-trading-halt-ck-183412


"The last point, that the business has some serious operating problems, is right on the money. But this business had serious problems when Woolworths sold it. Private equity owned it for less than a year, pulled cash out, spun the accounts and said they had turned the business around. After the spin washes through, the same old problems are revealed, and Anchorage have walked away with $520m. That’s why this was a heist and Dick Smith shareholders have that sinking feeling."

https://foragerfunds.com/bristlemouth/dick-smith-response-to-the-heist/
 
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