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Good hit out for Russell in the Charity Shield, nice work rate I'd love to see some stats on it, lots of hit ups and plenty of tackles.
I had a good laugh at one stage watching him walk back past the DH sucking in the big ones and thinking come on boi run back, nek second he is suppporting the ball runner out wide, it was some Dynamo shit how the fuck did ya get there?
He is in for a big year, both teams have a lot of work to do but they were missing plenty.
 
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The Kiwis must be desperate if they need Packer to be part of the pack...

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...hall-backs-russell-packer-for-kiwis-selection

Contented off the field, Russell Packer is still intent on repaying the faith.

Packer has played every game this year for the Dragons, a return on investment for the club's patience while he was denied an NRL return last season.

But there is still a finals tightrope to walk, let alone the prospect of earning a place in New Zealand's squad for the Four Nations in England in October and November.

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Russell Packer made his name at the Warriors before crossing the ditch to join the Knights, though he'd never play a game for Newcastle.


Packer has built a new life for himself and his family, after the turmoil and uncertainty when he was jailed for an assault in Sydney in 2013.

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Russell Packer was jailed for a 2013 assault in Sydney, Australia.


"After everything I've been through, I'm just happy playing NRL and trying to my best for the Dragons, week in, week out," he said.

"If the opportunity came up, of course I wouldn't turn down the black [New Zealand] jersey, but it's not something driving me.

"I'm at a different place in my life where I'm focused on my family and football.

"If I did get selected [for New Zealand], I'd love to take the opportunity, but if I don't, I won't be losing sleep."

After being released from jail, Packer's return to the NRL was held back, training by himself then playing with the Illawarra Cutters before the legal and rehabilitation considerations were finalised.

Now his focus turns to leading from the front, following St George Illawarra's stumble in the 36-6 loss to Manly prior to the bye.

As it stands, the Dragons are eighth on the ladder, almost certainly needing to win five of their remaining games to qualify, starting with Friday night's clash with the Gold Coast at Kogarah.

Packer firmly believes the Dragons can make a late surge into September.

"We feel as a group that if we play our best football, we can make a surge into the top eight," Packer said.

"But we can only do that by winning games."

While Packer is unconcerned about higher honours, another former Kiwi international and teammate Benji Marshall backs the prop to lead their finals charge.

Marshall labelled Packer "one of the standouts" of St George Illawarra's season.

But it's Packer's professional attitude which has made Marshall a believer.

"His form has been good enough," Marshall said.

"He's been one of the standouts of the year for us.

"I've known Russell for a while, he's so professional now in the way he trains and he's one of the guys who leads the way by his actions.

"I think think that in itself justifies why he wouldn't be out of place [playing for New Zealand again]."

Packer offered an insight into the soul-searching the players did during the bye week, after their capitulation to Manly.

"It's one of those performances that makes everyone scratch their heads," he said.

"In saying that, the only way you can answer those kind of doubts is to get back out there and perform."
 
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Benji is a terrible commentator on the game. Is he suggesting that Rusty will get a spot over Jesse Bromwich, Ben Matulino, Adam Blair, Sam Moa or Greg Eastwood? Not a chance in hell.

And what insight does he have into the Kiwis camp? He's been out of the Kiwis circle for years...
 
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Benji is a terrible commentator on the game. Is he suggesting that Rusty will get a spot over Jesse Bromwich, Ben Matulino, Adam Blair, Sam Moa or Greg Eastwood? Not a chance in hell.

And what insight does he have into the Kiwis camp? He's been out of the Kiwis circle for years...

JWH would probably be recalled ahead of Packer (which I can't see happening).

Kasiano, Kenny Bromwich are also probably well ahead of Packer in the pecking order.

And that's before we start thinking about back rowers like Taupau who might get a run at prop because we're stacked on the edges and at lock (Proctor, Harris, Taumalolo, Mannering etc).
 
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Surely even McKendry is higher in the Kiwis propping order than Packer, and he's barely a starting prop at this point.
 
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Benji is a terrible commentator on the game. Is he suggesting that Rusty will get a spot over Jesse Bromwich, Ben Matulino, Adam Blair, Sam Moa or Greg Eastwood? Not a chance in hell.

And what insight does he have into the Kiwis camp? He's been out of the Kiwis circle for years...

Just sounds more like a team mate talking up another team mate to me, a nothing story really.

Agree with the terrible commentator line, Ennis shits all over him on NRL 360. Asshole pest he may be, but man he's articulate and makes a lot of sense talking about the game.....u can see a broadcast career unfolding for him when he hangs up the boots.....better than Braith and co that's for sure...
 
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Ennis shits all over him on NRL 360. Asshole pest he may be, but man he's articulate and makes a lot of sense talking about the game...
Articulate, but a serious sledger, as in first class even by Aussie standards.
 
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If the Four Nations are in the UK....would Packer even be allowed in the country??
 
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Russell Packer announces retirement from NRL

Wests Tigers
Thu 2 Sep 2021, 11:55 AM
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Wests Tigers forward Russell Packer has today announced his retirement from the NRL following 12 seasons in the top grade.

The 31-year-old, who made his NRL debut in 2008, will retire with 184 first-grade games to his name — including 33 for Wests Tigers.

The representative prop played 110 games for New Zealand Warriors and featured 41 times for the St. George-Illawarra Dragons, before joining Wests Tigers in 2018.

Leading from the front, Packer had the opportunity of captaining Wests Tigers in 2018 as one of five members of the leadership group that season.

In addition to his vast achievements at club level, Packer has also reached numerous representative honours including playing seven matches for New Zealand —highlighted by the 2017 Rugby League World Cup — as well as matches for the New Zealand Maori (2010) and Maori All Stars team earlier this year.

“Rugby league has been my life since I was 17 and it’s always been a constant, so I’ll definitely miss that,” Packer said in reflection of his career.

“I got to play in a Grand Final and play for New Zealand early in my career, and while my life took a different path, being able to come back and re-establish myself and reach the pinnacle again with international football was a very special moment for me and my family.

“With the injuries too that I’ve had in the past few seasons, this decision is something that I’ve been contemplating for a while,” he said, “but it’s allowed me to be thankful this year and leave it all out there.

Russell Packer celebrates a win over the Warriors in 2019
Russell Packer celebrates a win over the Warriors in 2019©NRL Photos

"I’ve noticed particularly through COVID just how special sport can be and I’ve really enjoyed what I have been able to achieve in the game.

“I’m also incredibly thankful for the opportunity I had to captain Wests Tigers,” Packer said. “I never expected to be made captain of a club, so it was a massive moment for not only myself but all who have been on the journey with me to get to that point.

“I’ve been around rugby league for a long time so I can’t thank and appreciate everyone properly, because sport has always given me such a connection to people.

“From a small town in New Zealand, I have been given opportunities I will always treasure and be thankful for because they have made me who I am today.”

Russell Packer in action for New Zealand during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Russell Packer in action for New Zealand during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup©NRL Photos

Packer’s on-field efforts have also been matched by his continued desire for excellence off the field — diligent in his studies as he completed a Master of Business Administration (Executive) at the University of NSW's Australian Graduate School of Management in 2021.

Wests Tigers CEO Justin Pascoe congratulated the veteran forward on a successful career and praised his continued commitment to rugby league.

“On behalf of all at Wests Tigers, I’d like to congratulate Russell on a great rugby league career which saw him play at the highest level,” Pascoe said.

Russell Packer with his family after completing his MBA earlier this year
Russell Packer with his family after completing his MBA earlier this year©Wests Tigers

“Russell has been a great asset to Wests Tigers in his determination on and off the field, and it is wonderful to recognise not only his career and achievements as a rugby league player but also the significant impact he has made away from the field.

"Since joining the club, Russell has been gone above and beyond in his contribution to the community while also working closely with the NRL on several core initiatives and programs.
“Russell is a fantastic family man, and we’d like to wish him, his partner Lara and children Madison and Marley all the very best for the future as they now transition into life beyond rugby league.”

At the completion of the 2021 season, Packer and his family will return to New Zealand where he will continue his work as the Managing Director of a residential development company, Capestone Developments.
 
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'Embracing reality with brutal honesty': Packer achieves MBA dream

Troy Whittaker NRL.com Reporter
Wed 3 Mar 2021, 02:04 PM

Russell Packer with partner Lara Wilcox, daughter Madison and son Marley.

Russell Packer with partner Lara Wilcox, daughter Madison and son Marley.

"Life has taught me that I must embrace reality with a brutal honesty if I am to succeed in any domain."

Those words, inspired by Brene Brown's book Daring Greatly, were written by Russell Packer as he documented his life story in the final assessment of his Master of Business Administration (Executive).

It's a sentiment the Wests Tigers prop has embodied since January 5, 2015 - the day he was freed after a year in jail for assault. Through two pillars - football and education - he has redefined himself.

"The ability to accept the pain and discomfort that comes with the truth is essential for any meaningful transformation," he submitted.

Befitting the way he crashes into defences, Packer has confronted his errors head-on during his well-documented rehabilitation.

The New Zealander doesn't shy away from talking about the alcohol, drugs, violence and brushes with the law that characterised his upbringing in the small country town of Foxton on the North Island.

But it's now a far-removed past from which he has grown.

"I want the article to emphasise that there is no sugar-coating the fact that I have made mistakes, that I have been to jail," he suggests at the end of a candid half-hour interview with NRL.com.

"But more importantly that I have accepted responsibility for my life."

This is also a story about remarkable achievement and overcoming the odds.
Packer still loves playing rugby league, but the front-rower has qualifications akin to a CEO after completing his MBA last year at the University of NSW's Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM).

Russell Packer at the 2020 rookie camp.
Russell Packer at the 2020 rookie camp.©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos

'Education has the power to transform lives'​

The 31-year-old, who didn't finish high school because footy was his focus, has relentlessly studied for the past seven years.

While at St George Illawarra, the club that helped relaunch his career, he first undertook a Certificate IV in Community Services at TAFE.

That was followed by a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy and Finance) and a Graduate Certificate in Business at the University of Wollongong, before transferring to UNSW for his MBA.

He had to manage the disruption of mostly online classes alongside the other members of his graduate program, Cohort X, amid the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Such is his love for learning, Packer is enrolled in a Master of Legal Studies (Corporate and Commercial) at the University of Auckland.

Social distancing protocols have caused indefinitely postponed graduation ceremonies, but Packer informally celebrated his latest accomplishment at UNSW on Monday with his proud partner, Lara Wilcox, and two children - son Marley and daughter Madison.

He donned an academic cap and gown as well as a traditional Korowai cloak; an item of great significance in Maori culture historically worn by chiefs and now used to signify milestones.

Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer.
Wests Tigers prop Russell Packer.©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

"When bad things happen in your life and you make a mistake, you need people who believe in you and believe that was a lapse in judgement and know that you are better than what you showed at that particular time," the seven-time Kiwi representative says.

He gave thanks to "everyone at the Dragons", to whom he feels "forever indebted", including former coach Paul McGregor, ex-CEO Peter Doust and football operations manager Robert Finch.

Packer also considers Barry and Leisa Doherty life mentors.

"I'm just grateful that I have had the support of family and friends as well. Hopefully, they are proud of this accomplishment because when people take a chance on you, particularly when you have made mistakes, it always feels good to be able to repay them," he continues.

"It was nice to get the opportunity to do a symbolic kind of graduation and, hopefully, we get to do a real one later this year.

"To come from [my past] and use education as the mechanism to build myself back up again, simultaneously with my rugby league career, it's definitely different but it's just as rewarding.

"I've always done well at school, but I guess when rugby league took priority in my life - I was around 16 years old when I signed my first professional contract - and being the kind of person I am, I went all-in on the rugby league bandwagon."

After signing up for "a couple of courses" in his early days at the Warriors but dropping out because he was "not mature enough or I didn't have the skillset to navigate what university is all about", Packer has become a leader.

Wilcox adds: "Russell's success will never be measured by this [MBA] certificate, instead his success will be measured by the struggles he encountered and had to overcome to be here today.

"He has always backed himself and never folded to others' opinions and that's what inspires us the most.

"His resilience and persistence is the reason he's living the life he wants and he has never doubted his worth or value in the process.

"It's a special day given the journey we've been on together as a family and it makes moments like this mean so much more."

Russell Packer and son Marley.
Russell Packer and son Marley.©weststigers.com.au

Professor Nick Wailes, director of AGSM and deputy dean of the UNSW Business School, says Packer epitomised the program's ultimate goal.

"Which is to equip people to 'always be learning'," he says.

"The best students are conscientious of course but more importantly, they are curious and want to apply their learning to solve problems and make a contribution.

"Learning never stops really and Russell shows no signs of slowing down, now undertaking a Master in Law.

"We believe education has the power to transform lives and we are delighted Russell chose to study at AGSM. While we do our best to create a world-class learning experience, the credit for Russell’s success belongs to him and his family.

"I fully expect him to be as successful in his post-playing career as he is on the field. We’re very proud of all his achievements and look forward to watching him continue to thrive in his career."

Russell Packer rebuilt his NRL career at the Dragons.
Russell Packer rebuilt his NRL career at the Dragons.©Charles Knight./NRL Photos.

Breaking barriers​

With his imposing frame, NRL star profile and a past so readily available for strangers to judge, it would be easy to assume Packer has faced social stigma or prejudice in the classroom.

"I have got tattoos on my knuckles and on my hands, and I decided to get those when I was very young, but no - the universities that I have been to, the people have been very welcoming," he says.

"I think one of the key things that I have really grown with, particularly at AGSM, is the community of people. You create a lot of really strong relationships and I think that is what a business school provides; that value of connectivity and the networks."

Packer's last MBA assessment was supposed to centre on a business transformation, but he asked the lecturer if he could instead write about his personal development in the past six years.

He shared with NRL.com the document in which he provided some jarringly honest, profound insights into his state of mind.

Following the 2013 fight that landed him in jail, Packer, who made his NRL debut aged 18, recalled thinking he would escape serious punishment, as had been the trend.

"I have become quite adept at compartmentalising the consequences of my actions," he wrote in the assignment.

"I tell myself that it won't end badly, that rugby league will save me again. I believe I am special, the normal rules do not apply to me."

Having undergone cognitive therapy after jail to understand his behavioural issues stemming from a turbulent youth, Packer noted, "the signals of distress in retrospect were clear to see but I did not possess the maturity, support or a desire to take action".

Russell Packer first rose to prominence at the Warriors.
Russell Packer first rose to prominence at the Warriors.©NRL Photos

Using his "twin pillars" of rugby league and education, Packer has broken away from the tendencies that once plagued him.

"A true transformation requires destruction; of oneself, an image, an ego, of habits, or a successful business," he wrote.

"A shedding of old constructs is required in order to transform something that is into something that has never been; like a carver who starts with a piece of stone and bit by bit chips away until the vision in his mind is clear for all to see."

Russell Packer celebrates with teammates during the Tigers' massive trial win over Manly on Sunday.
Russell Packer celebrates with teammates during the Tigers' massive trial win over Manly on Sunday.©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos

Inspiring the youth and life after footy​

If someone is guided by his tale, Packer would deem that a "win".

While he doesn't want to preach, the Tigers enforcer is happy to be an example of what is possible with dedication and has spoken to the next generation at NRL Rookie Camps.
"It's my hope that my story can inspire people that maybe have done the wrong thing like myself to take ownership of their life," he says.

"Another thing going to the Rookie Camp is a lot of people that play in the NRL come from broken families and situations where they experience things that they think are normal, but are not actually normal in terms of how society views it.

"So I think touching people like that there is another way [to connect], and the thing with education is you have to want to do it like myself."

NRL senior wellbeing and education manager Paul Heptonstall says Packer's work at Rookie Camps was highly valued.

"Russell's a great example of a player who acknowledges that doing something other than football makes his wellbeing so much better," Heptonstall says.

"I think with the struggles that he had, he realised and made the most of all the resources to him through the club careers, coaching, through education grants.

"But most importantly, he embraced it himself. And that's one of the biggest challenges, getting players to see the importance of it.

"But because he was at rock-bottom, he fully committed himself to educating himself.

Russell Packer celebrates a Wests Tigers win.
Russell Packer celebrates a Wests Tigers win.©Robb Cox/NRL Photos

"Since he's started his education, he's inspired a lot of other younger players to do exactly the same, to engage in education and career development."

In an age where he believes young players can be pushed towards extracurricular pursuits "because it looks good", Packer encouraged them to determine their passions and go from there.

"Universities are just one way of educating yourself. There are so many other things that you can do," he says.

"When I have had some hard days - days where I was like, why am I doing this? - if you understand your 'why', you have a purpose behind it, then you can always ride those inevitable drops in motivation.

"I have a very supportive family with the time commitments that I have given I've got two children at school and my son's on the spectrum of Autism. So there are other things to life and that's probably another thing I've learned; to have balance."

Injuries have stalled Packer's career, playing only 13 games across 2019 and 2020, but he is fit, committed to the Tigers and wants to let his performances talk as he aims for a new contract.

When the time comes to hang up the boots, he'll have no shortage of options and plans to return to New Zealand.

Maori All Stars prop Russell Packer.
Maori All Stars prop Russell Packer.©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

Going into sports management would be a "natural pathway", he says, though Packer is keeping his options open.

"Once I finish that [Master of Law] and adding my life experiences, rugby league experiences and academic experience, I think I'll be able to provide a pretty unique skill set to any industry," he adds.

"I'm interested in project and construction management and I've committed some time and done some internships - one with Meriton, which is one of the Tigers' sponsor's companies ... I'm excited about what the future holds, but I'm also excited about playing rugby league.

"That's something I have done for fun since I was 15 years old and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."

They may seem worlds apart, but Packer sees several similarities between business and professional footy.

"I have often approached the coursework or the university work like pre-season; you have to go through the hard slog to get the things that you love doing, which is to play," he says.
Now, he's reaping the rewards.

"There's a lot of shame attached to going to jail and being convicted of a crime. There is a lot of shame attached to drug and alcohol abuse. All these things are real in our society," he says.
"To go through that and redefine myself, rebuild my life and rebuild a life for my family ... It's special and I'm proud to have gone through the journey and the [certificate] is just really the photo finish.

"It doesn't show all the hard work, very similar to footy in that you only see that 80 minutes on the weekend."

 
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141. RUSSELL PACKER
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Russell Packer had just gotten out of jail a year earlier for an assault occasioning actual bodily harm and was sentenced to 2 years jail. This was reduced to 1 year on appeal. At the time of our last update he was training with the St George-Illawarra Dragons feeder team the Illawarra Cutters.

While researching this one I was quite proud of how well Rusty has turned his life around and the Youtube clip is a great listen on what he is doing now and how he is rehabilitating. Honestly had no idea he was so articulate. This video was posted 30 March 2022.



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Haven't been able to find anything on Capestone Developments Ltd apart from the NZ business registry. I think its a renovation company as mentioned by the interviewer right at the end of the Youtube clip but it could be anything construction as per this little exceprt from an NRL article (link right at the bottom of this post as its the same article)

"I'm interested in project and construction management and I've committed some time and done some internships - one with Meriton, which is one of the Tigers' sponsor's companies ... I'm excited about what the future holds, but I'm also excited about playing rugby league.


"That's something I have done for fun since I was 15 years old and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon."

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As for Front Row Fencing this is a fence hire company he has set up with fellow team mate Ben Matulino in the Bay of Plenty area.

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TEMPORARY FENCING SPECIALISTS​

No job too big or small for us to tackle!

LEADING THE WAY IN TEMPORARY FENCING IN THE BOP REGION​

FRONT ROW FENCING​

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And to top it all off he is enrolled in a Master of Legal Studies (Corporate and Commercial) at the University of Auckland.

Such is his love for learning, Packer is enrolled in a Master of Legal Studies (Corporate and Commercial) at the University of Auckland.

 

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