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Actor Crowe to sell Aussie rugby stake to 'simplify life'

Crowe has been a fan of National Rugby League outfit South Sydney Rabbitohs since childhood and regularly turns up to watch their home games.

In 2006 he and businessman Peter Holmes a Court bought 75 percent of the club but Channel Nine television said he was now ready to sell up following his split last month from wife Danielle Spencer.

League commentator Danny Weidler told Nine he had been in touch with Crowe by email and text and the actor confirmed he would be selling his stake at the end of the 2013 season.

“From what I can understand, Russell is just trying to simplify his life,” Weidler said.

“As you know, he has been through a lot recently in his personal life and I would say that is... a part of his¬†reasoning.”

Crowe and Spencer separated amicably after nine years of marriage last month. They have two young children.

Reports at the time said the demands of Crowe’s acting career played a part in the split, with the star away for much of the past year filming The Man with the Iron Fists, Les Miserables, Broken City, "Man of Steel and Noah".

Born in New Zealand, Crowe has lived in Australia since he was a small child.

Weidler estimated that Crowe and Holmes a Court had invested around Aus$11 million (US$11.3 million) in the Rabbitohs since taking it over, helping revive the team after years of poor performances.

The club had no comment. 

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