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Packer to make NRL return with Dragons

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    Barely 18 months after being sentenced to jail, controversial forward Russell Packer has received the green light for an NRL return.

    Kiwi prop Packer has signed a two-year deal with St George Illawarra after receiving an official NRL nod following a remarkable transition since his prison release.

    He last played in the NRL in 2013, the year he first earned notoriety when fined $15,000 for urinating on the field before a game for the New Zealand Warriors.

    He was sentenced to two years in prison in January 2014 after being found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    "I have learned a great deal and changed a lot over the past two years and I couldn't be happier with where things are at for me and my family.

    "My family and so many people at the Dragons and the NRL have shown great faith in me and I look forward to repaying them for their belief and support over the coming seasons both on and off the field."

    Packer's Dragons contract is expected to feature behavioural clauses.

    But Dragons boss Peter Doust could not envisage any dramas, describing Packer's behaviour as "exemplary" since his arrival.

    Packer has already undergone alcohol rehabilitation and education programs at the Dragons and attended other courses without prompting.

    "Russell has achieved above and beyond the established requirements," Doust said in a statement.

    Packer spent five years at the Warriors before linking with Newcastle in 2014 but was sacked by the Knights before playing a game due to his jail term.

    The magistrate who heard Packer's case, Greg Grogan, labelled the prop's attack as "cowardly and deplorable".

    The 22-year-old victim was left with a fractured eye socket.

    "At regular intervals throughout the year the NRL were provided with thorough updates on Packer's progress with respect to his welfare and education ... and the approval of a playing contract comes as a result of his progression over a sustained period of time," a Dragons statement said.

    "As expected, Packer's playing contract has some particular conditions with respect to him maintaining his education and welfare activities with which Packer and the Dragons do not foresee any problems."

    He was released in January this year.

    Packer, 26, has since made great strides to earn an NRL comeback.

    In May, Packer registered for the Illawarra Cutters and finished the year as captain, earning NSW Cup Team of the Year selection at prop.

    He was cleared to train full-time with the Dragons in August, the same time he began a university business degree.

    "I am very thankful and grateful for the opportunity to return to the NRL with the Dragons," Packer said in a statement.

    http://www.smh.com.au/breaking-news-sport/packer-to-make-nrl-return-with-dragons-20151028-45bcw.html
     
  2. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What's the problem? He only got drunk, punched someone who fell and hit his head, then punched him several times when he was prone on the ground and then stomped on his head for good measure. And Packer's only a slip of a lad at 112kg, so where's the harm?

    And we worry about Hoppa Snr for poking bums?
     
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  3. bones

    bones Bones Knows Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    And Sandor Earl gets 4 years. Lol
     
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  4. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    It's a tough one. Part of me thinks the guy has done his time and deserves a second chance, but it's not a great look for a game trying to overcome a historically thuggish reputation. You'd like to think he'll be on a zero tolerance contract and we can only hope he has genuinely learnt his lesson.
     
  5. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    wingers are a dime a dozen, intimidating (fat thuggish) front rowers on the other hand are in big demand... Go figure.
     
  6. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    What does the other part of you think?
     
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  7. Ron E. Gibbs

    Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

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    Surely anyone who can answer to the nickname of "Fudge" (especially appropriate now he's done time) is welcome to return to the great game of rugby league.
    As lots of none-too-bright people have said, rugby league is about redemption. And when it's not about redemption, it's about thuggery. And when it's not about thuggery it's about borderline homoerotic behaviour. So, welcome back, Fudge! Can't wait to hear you and Danny Wicks swap stories about the exercise yard the first time you pack down in a scrum.
     
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  8. manlyfan76

    manlyfan76 Parra Trolls are the best. Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    So Jail Hopoate will be green lighted also. Fmd this games administration have no balls.
     
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  9. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

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    I still can't believe he just stood there, on the ground with cameras everywhere....and pissed his pants. He must have massive psychological problems. JMO.
     
  10. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That he's a brain dead thug. But what sort of society doesn't afford it's citizens a chance to make amends and to change ? Let's see how much he has learnt
     
  11. Sheikheagle

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    4 years suspension
     
  12. southsideeagle

    southsideeagle Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    So why is Packer not locked up in Villawood waiting for deportation to NZ? Maybe born here? Anyway it appears if you are good enough you are forgiven.
     
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