LIVE TODAY – Suttos Say 3.30pm | Reynos Home Auction 6.30pm | Juniors Jumbo Online Raffle 6.30pm

It’s Thursday the 16th of September 2021 & there’s 3 huge online events occurring today. Thanks to the beauty of technology you can take part in 1, 2 or all 3!

The first live event is a special edition of our weekly ‘Suttos Say’ segment.

This afternoon from 3.30pm will be the first live edition of Suttos Say allowing you to interact with our 2014 Grand Final winning captain.

Chat with John Sutton live today.

Prize winner Keiran Macklin will be joining us too after he subscribed by email to our website & was drawn out at random on our ‘Team List Tuesday’ show.

During the show today in the live chat section you can show your appreciation & make your comment stand out by purchasing YouTube’s Super Chat & Super Stickers. Prices start at $2 & range up to $50 or more. This is a good way to help out the team at Rabbitohs TV and an even better way to interact with us.

We give everyone a live shoutout that sends us a Super Chat or Super Sticker on the show & today you can ask John Sutton a question that he will respond to using this new feature.

Click HERE to visit Rabbitohs TV & join us from 3.30pm.

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Events 2 & 3 both take place at the same time but this won’t prevent you from taking part in both simultaneously, here’s why.

Adam Reynolds home auction brought to you by NG Farah Real Estate is taking place via Zoom from 6.30pm & The Juniors Jumbo Online Raffle is also on at 6.30pm. Tickets for the online raffle can be pre purchased with no need to actually watch the live draw so this will allow you to get involved with both events at the same time.

We promoted the sale of our departing club captains home this week in an article comparing it to Graceland, the famous dwelling of the one & only Elvis. This is a rare opportunity for a Souths fans to buy & live in the home of a Rabbitohs legend.

Details of todays Zoom auction can be found HERE.

24 Napoleon St, Rosebery goes up for auction today.

If you aren’t in the market to buy then you can join Anthony Maroon from Triple M who will be drawing $3k in prizes live on The Juniors Facebook page from 6.30pm.

It’s a fun show with our man Maroon & you can interact with him via the text hotline on 0403 589 404.

Pre purchase your tickets for The Juniors Online Raffle HERE.

The Rabbitohs Road To The GF

It’s an exciting time for Souths fans as the Rabbitohs are just one win away from a second Grand Final appearance in 7 years.

The Bunnies will meet the winner of the Sea Eagles v Roosters semi-final clash coming up at 7.50pm this Friday the 17th of September at BB Print Stadium South Mackay, Queensland.

As the mighty Rabbitohs enjoy the week off to prepare for the Prelim final we take a look at the two elimination semi-finals coming up & the path the Bunnies face to progress to the title game.

Jaxson Paulo, Cody Walker & Jacob Host at training on Tuesday.

Sunny Mackay is 950km north of Brisbane, approximately half way between Rockhampton & Townsville, 150km south of Airlie Beach. It’s a long long way from either Brookvale or Bondi but that is what the teams face thanks to this dreaded global pandemic.

Manly will be desperate to bounce back from the 40-12 defeat they suffered to the Storm in week 1 of the finals while the Chooks will be hoping that they can continue to defy the odds after their 2021 squad has been decimated by injury.

The Sea Eagles welcome back hooker Lachlan Croker but the ‘Evil Empire’ will need to find another number 9 after Sam Verrills lost his bid to have his high tackle charge downgraded.

The only way Verrills will see more game time this year is if the Roosters beat Manly then Souths to make the Grand Final.

The Roosters get a boost with Nat Butcher making his return but that has been countered by yet another injury blow after Siosiua Taukeiaho was ruled out with a leg injury.

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Souths fans will be hoping both teams hammer each other in a torrid extra time encounter to leave them even more vulnerable the following week.

Either way I’m confident we can beat whichever team we face.

Souths took care of Manly 26-12 back in March & have defeated the Roosters twice, the latest victory a 54-12 flogging. Bring them on!

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The Panthers take on the Eels at 7.50pm on Saturday the 17th of September at the same venue in South Mackay.

The Eels welcome back Ryan Matterson while the Panthers will be bolstered by the return of Dylan Edwards, Moses Leota & Scott Sorensen.

Campbell Graham

The Eels come off a somewhat less than convincing elimination final win over the Knights while Ivan Cleary & his Panthers will attempt to pick up the pieces of a demoralising loss to the Rabbits.

Blake Taaffe

Once this weeks semi finals are over both preliminary finals & the Grand Final will all be played at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

The Rabbitohs will take on the winner of the Manly v Roosters game at 7.50pm on Friday 24th of September. The grand final will be played at 7.30pm (AEDT) on Sunday the 3rd of October so if the Bunnies win they will have a 9 day break to prepare for the big one.

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The Storm await the winner of the Eels v Panthers at 4pm on Saturday the 25th of September. The winner of that game gets an 8 day break going into the Grand Final.

The earlier kickoff than usual is to avoid a clash with the AFL Grand Final that starts at 7:15pm AEST in Perth on the same day.

The Melbourne v Western Bulldogs 2021 AFL Grand Final is the first AFL premiership-decider to be held in Perth and the second held outside of Victoria as a result of the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in recent seasons.

Daylight savings begins on the eve of the NRL Grand Final so kickoff Queensland local time will actually be at 6.30pm (7.30pm in Sydney) for this historic first ever decider outside of New South Wales.

Our stubby holders are still on sale.

If the games go to script then the Rabbitohs will meet the defending premiers the Melbourne Storm in the Grand Final.

The Storm have been awesome all year & have handed the Rabbitohs two of their four defeats in 2021.

The other two defeats for Souths were at the hands of the Panthers & the fact that we turned the tables on them last week gives me confidence that if we can defend like that again we can beat anyone.

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs assignment has been set – win two more games of footy to make it a glorious premiership number 22. Yes Souths let’s do this.

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George Piggins – “A True Souths Hero”

This week on our Remembering a Rabbitoh segment we featured Rabbitohs legend, the one & only George Piggins. The following is a compilation of our notes on the great man for the show plus the footage from the segment on Rabbitohs TV.

George Leslie Piggins was born on the 14th of October 1944 in Mascot, NSW. The Piggins family lived in Linden St, next door to the legendary Souths half-back and Presidents Cup coach Clem Kennedy and his wife Mary. Nicknamed Barney, given to him on the waterfront, he is one of 7 children born into the home of a railway worker.

George learned early in life about family, friendship, community and hard work. Rugby League taught him discipline and respect. He became very close to his Mascot E grade coach Freddy Griffiths, who kept the local kids off the streets. 

Our Remembering a Rabbitoh George Piggins feature. (Image by Col Whelan)

George started off as a second rower and changed to hooker as a teenager in 1963. 

A rare one club player, Piggins played in seasons 1964-78 in 120 first grade games (6 tries), 105 reserve grade (2 tries) and 33 in third grade (2 tries). He became first grade player #546 in Round 5 on Anzac Day in the 15-17 loss against Newtown at Redfern Oval. 

In a 1987 interview George said ‘I remember my debut clearly. A scrum went down sometime in the 2nd half, and my opposition hooker Clarrie Jeffries kicked me in the shins. I said to him ‘you low c—-‘ he had a tussle and 4 players were sent off by referee Laurie Bruyeres – Rod Gorman, George, Bruce Olive and Jeffries. 

George was sent off nine times in his career and was suspended four times. He famously locked horns with Manlys English lock forward Malcolm Reilly at the SCG in 1973, both were marched in the 58th minute and copped 3 games suspension. Souths lost 31-24. 

He represented Souths in 1965 President’s Cup and was graded later that year. Frank Facer, the Secretary of the champion St. George Club, offered young George a contract to play lower grades after watching him play in a trial. But he wasn’t interested, and only wanted to play for Souths. He needed the weekend overtime on the wharves, being already married to his first wife and with young kids, and asked Souths for 1000 pounds a season. They offered him 300 pounds (decimal currency 14 February 1966) and wouldn’t budge. So, he told them that he’ll just play for Mascot. Several weeks later, Souths rang him and gave him the money he wanted. 

Bob McCarthy, George Piggins & Paul Sait (Image by Col Whelan)

In 1966 Souths signed a hooker called Elwyn Walters as an understudy to Fred Anderson and George effectively became 3rd choice hooker. Souths won the reserve grade grand final 12-5 over Balmain that year, with Walters in the 2nd row and Piggins hooker. George didn’t get along with reserve grade coach Les ‘Chicka’ Cowie, who later became a selector. Comments such as ‘Piggins is a liability to Souths’ from leading referee Col Pearce, who had a newspaper column, kept George out of first grade for a long time. George and Cowie reconciled late in his career. 

In 1967, however, he played 16 first grade games until being suspended for repeated scrum infringements against Norths in Round 19. This gave Walters his chance, and he not only won a premiership, but he was also selected on the1967-68 Kangaroo tour. 

So, Walters kept his spot for most of 1968, with George playing just 3 games in firsts. Souths won both first and reserve grade grand finals, both against Manly. Walters played in the first grade 13-9 win, and Piggins played hooker in the 17-7 reserve grade win. 

How is this for a reserve grade team that took the field: Kevin Longbottom, Russell Amatto, Ray Branighan, Ralph Grace, Alan Heiler, Greg Norgard, Ivan Jones, Gary Stevens, Bob McCarthy, Paul Sait, Dennis Lee (capt), George Piggins, Chris Armstrong. Coach Fred Nelson. McCarthy was returning from hamstring injury and coach Clive Churchill didn’t want to risk him. 

George finally got his chance in 1971 when Walters suffered a broken collarbone in the 19-13 win over Manly in the major semi-final, to qualify for the grand final two weeks later. St. George surprisingly beat Manly in the Final, so it was a Souths v Saints GF. Again, adverse press tried to keep George out of the team, but he not only played, but he also produced a ‘blinder’. He made many determined busts, and in the 2nd half turned defence into attack on several occasions by raking the ball back in the play-the-balls. Says George ‘Players had to drop the ball from their knees when they played it, so the opportunity was there. Ian Roberts was also good at it, but these days it’s not allowed’. 

Souths won 16-10 to take their 20th premiership, but financial difficulties coupled with bad management, meant they couldn’t hold their star players. One by one they left, John O’Neill and Ray Branighan to Manly and Ron Coote to Easts. Walters went to Easts in 1974, with Denis Pittard going to Parramatta. 

George stayed loyal to Souths, and in 1975 was selected in Australia’s World Cup team, and played in three games, beating Queensland twice and the touring Great Britain team. He captained Souths in 15 first grade games, mainly in 1977. He scored an unforgettable try on Sunday 2 May 1976 against Wests at Lidcombe Oval in front of a bumper crowd of 17,425 refereed by Gary Cook. 

Receiving the ball near around 15 metres from Wests’ goalposts, he started to charge towards the line. In an amazing effort and sheer determination, he knocked about four opposition forwards out of the way to score next to the right upright. Wests had a formidable pack, too – the likes of John Donnelly, Geoff Foster, John Elford and Les Boyd. In Rex Mossop’s Channel 7 commentary ‘George only knows one way, and that’s hard. By heavens he’s barrelled his way over, right through the meat of the Western Suburbs pack’. 

George showed the same determination at the end of 1999 when Souths were disgracefully kicked out of the NRL, leading the way in the rallies and court cases. He was vindicated on Friday 6 July 2001 when Souths scored a stunning court victory to be re-instated in the competition. 

He coached Souths in seasons 1986-90 and was awarded Dally M coach of the year twice – 1986 and 1989. 

He had an extensive administration career, President of SSDRLFC 1990-99 and South Sydney Leagues Club 1990-2000. He also was awarded the Order of Australia medal in June 2002 for invaluable contribution to the South Sydney community and sport in general, and the Centenary medal for services to rugby league, presented by the Office of the Governor-General in June 2003. 

Successful in business, he had a fleet of trucks and invented a system which could unload pallets faster than anyone else. He sold the idea for $1 million in 1986. He also shared a nursery Gardens R Us at Kingsford with Jack Gibson and had interest in horse racing and breeding. 

In 2002 he released his biography ‘Never Say Die – The Fight To Save The South Sydney Rabbitohs, as told to Ian Heads. 

When Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes a Court bought 75% of Souths for $3 million in 2006, George walked away vowing to never return. However, he stunningly attended the 2014 grand final. After beating the Roosters the week before, he was asked if he would attend the GF. ‘No, but if someone raises $100,000 for charity, I will’. So John Singleton, Tabcorp and car dealer Steve Nateski raised the money for charity, and George and Nolene were off to the GF in a hire car provided by the NRL. There he was on the front page of the Telegraph wearing his Souths jersey and scarf.

George gradually began attending club functions. A month before the 2014 GF, the R-Ageing Rabbits held a re-union at Souths Juniors honouring the 1989 teams: first grade minor premiers, reserve grade lost a play-off for 5th spot against Brisbane and the Under 21s won the GF. George attended, and a loud cheer sounded around the Wintle Room when he entered the room. 

In 2011 he kicked off a junior grand final at Redfern Oval. 

Close friends Norm Lipson and Dr Jim Lahood and his brother Peter organised a George Piggins Tribute dinner on Saturday 10 February at Doltone House, Eveleigh. It was well attended by past players, officials and sponsors. 

At the annual Red and Green Ball, the George Piggins medal is awarded to the best and fairest player for the season. He and Noelene were awarded Life Membership of SSDRLFC in 2002 but refused to transfer them to the new entity in 2006. 

In 2021 he became very ill with a lung infection, spending 5 weeks in intensive care. Once again, he showed grit and determination and he’s at home recovering. 

George Piggins – a true legend of the South Sydney Rabbitohs. – Brad Ryder

We spoke to Josh Piggins whose dad Wally is Georges’ brother.

Wally said he remembered the day George & their other brother Albert were riding their bikes, were hit by a car & flew about 5ft in the air. Everyone thought they were dead. 

Wally Piggins recalled someone was yelling “The Piggins boys are dead!” 

Josh said he just remembers Uncle George as a man who didn’t suffer fools and was respected. – Josh Piggins

George Piggins is a true SOUTHS HERO! 

“Many of us know how he played for Mascot, was graded with Souths, won a competition with Souths and played for NSW and Australia. 

We all know how, when no one else wanted it, George took the Chairmanship of the football and leagues club and stopped them from disappearing. 

We all know that George put his house up to save the Rabbitohs and famously took on News Ltd and the NRL and inspired hundreds of thousands of people to back him in a fight he led, and we eventually won. 

But there’s also the other George Piggins that I have known for many decades. 

For all his toughness – and he is tough – George has a soft and caring side. He cares for people, and he cares for animals. 

I have seen him in tears over the plight of people doing it tough and I have seen the gentle way he treats his dogs and horses. 

And one thing is for certain – George’s word is his bond. It is more sacred to him than a written contract. 

If you are ever in the trenches and you can pick only one person to be in there with you – the choice is easy – George Leslie Piggins. He is a bloody great bloke. 

There should be a statue of the man!” – Norm Lipson 

Dirty Neville talks about George.

Dr Jim Lahood said – “I remember a game when Souths were playing Manly, George smashed his head but played on, I was standing 10 metres away & every time they wiped the blood from George’s face he’d turn around & there was blood all over his face again. 

Souths came back from about 30-10 down & although they lost Frank Hyde gave George the man of the match award.” 

Jims’ Dad Herb loved George & said never seen a bloke with that much fight in such a small body. 

George said South Sydney Rabbitohs or nothing, we’ll die standing up not on our knees.

Nobody in the history of Souths has done more for the club.

We lost Elwyn Walters to injury, but George comes into the 1971 grand final & becomes the star raking the ball back & was involved in 2 of our 3 tries. 

When Jim’s dad died George was in the room & he said the tears flowed.

Herb Lahood always used to say it comes to Souths George was never wrong & that George just keeps surprising people, he was so smart. – Jim Lahood

In 1986 George brought me into grade after he had a chat to me at Belmore. He’d come to watch me playing Jersey Flegg & I got sent off. He spoke to me after the game & said to stay out of trouble & he will bring me up to grade. 

George gave me my debut in first grade in 1987 & in the lead up to that game he said on tv when asked about me “Souths haven’t had a centre as good as him ever since I’ve been with them.” 

Jimmy said he remembers another time George was having a go at me in the dressing room & Jimmy stood up for me & said to George why are you picking on Mavo the whole team played bad & George said he’s got 3 times their ability. 

George asked Jimmy & Peter to look out for me after I had that shocker in the raiders semi-final. – Steve Mavin

Russell Crowe thanks George Piggins

George had 3 careers.

He was one hell of a nuggety player & when the big moments came, he was in always in there. 

His 2nd career was as a coach he was what we needed, someone who was Souths focused after we had Johnny King, Bill Anderson & Ron Willey – George brought it all back to Souths culture.

His 3rd career was as a famous administrator. – Marco Sivis

Thank you to Brad Ryder, Norm Lipson, Dr Jimmy Lahood, Josh & Wally Piggins & Marco Sivis.

JD, George Piggins & the Prelim Final

On this weeks live show we recap the huge Panthers win, chat to Souths coach in waiting Jason Demetriou, our Remembering a Rabbitoh is George Piggins & we preview the preliminary final. 

George Piggins #546

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Jason Demetriou

Panthers Illegal Blocks – Wayne Bennett

Wayne Bennett made some valid points in today’s press conference.

Wayne Bennett has asked the NRL to look at the Panthers illegally blocking the Rabbitohs kick pressure.

Bennett says it happened last time the Rabbitohs met the Panthers & occurred 3 times in the 2nd half without penalty. Bennett said that he has heard the Panthers train & practice this blocking tactic but he expects the Panthers to be penalised accordingly if & when it occurs again.

The explosive press conference

Bennett said that the Panthers run blocks & they run them on a consistent basis & asked that both teams be officiated fairly.

Wayne also said that the Rabbitohs will be 1-17 & Blake Taaffe will be playing fullback.

LIVE ON YOUTUBE!!!

Today was the very first time we went live on YouTube via Zoom.

It’s a milestone for our Rabbitohs TV channel that is worth celebrating & we want to thank everyone who has helped us along the way.

Our first live YouTube show

This Sunday we plan on going live again so stay tuned.

Work on the new home of the South Sydney Rabbitohs has begun!

Today Grant Chappell paid a visit to the Heffron Park site where work has begun on the South Sydney Rabbitohs new home.

Watch Chaps report on Rabbitohs TV

The Maroubra Burrow

We’ll keep you updated as work progresses right here on our website.

A VIEW FROM THE STANDS – Rabbitohs v Panthers Finals Week 1, 2021

Another year & another top 4 finish for the Rabbitohs which is quite a nice thing to say after the club spent so long in the wilderness.

Even more satisfying for me was that I won my bet I have every year with my mate the Roosters fan Con Parris.

Our long-standing wager is the team that finishes highest on the ladder out of the Bunnies & the Evil Empire wins a box of beer for the victor at the others expense.

I don’t remember the last time I collected & even in 2014 when we won the competition, I still had to cough up a slab because the latte sippers finished higher than us on the ladder. That was tough.

Last week the Dragons were terrible for the majority of the game & we saw a couple of youngsters put in eye catching performances in Pete Mamouzelos & Lachy Ilias who scored a try on debut. I thought Davvy Moale did well too & when you consider that he’s only 18 years old the future looks bright for our emerging talent.

We all know the story that the Rabbitohs have fallen at the last hurdle in 3 consecutive preliminary finals & this year missing one of our best players in Latrell doesn’t leave me filled with a whole lot of confidence that it won’t happen again.

Even at full strength the Bunnies were up against it. The Storm put 50 on us earlier in the year & the team they’ve picked this week has Harry Grant, Nicho Hynes & Nelson Asofa-Solomona on the bench!

The Panthers have beaten us twice & one of those was also a 50-point hammering.

In good news those last few points I made will be the last of the negativity that you will have to endure in this article.

I co-host Rabbitohs Radio & bleed red & green so let’s get to the good stuff.

We played sensational footy for the first 30 minutes to lead 12 nil against the Panthers in round 23 at Suncorp. We went on to concede 25 unanswered points but that was assisted by some nauseating officiating.

Points tend to flow on the back of an 11-2 penalty count so on an even playing field I believe we can beat them this time around up in Townsville.

Our bench is almost as impressive as the Storms & looks equally as good as the Panthers if not better.

The Panthers do have Tevita Pangai Junior & Liam Martin sitting on the pine but we have Jai Arrow, Benji, Jacob Host & big Tommy as our super subs.

The key to victory I believe lies in our spine & in particular in the hands of Cody Walker. We need him to rise to the occasion on the big stage & produce the type of playmaking that saw him set up a 1000 tries this year.

TEAM LIST TUESDAY – FINALS WEEK 1 RABBITOHS V PANTHERS

We need Cody to lead us all the way to the gf & take care of some unfinished business in the big games.

Captain Reyno has been tremendous all year, the way he digs into the line & straightens our attack is so valuable. It’s a big reason that our lethal left side punishes defences & allows AJ to score with ridiculous ease. We need to see that through the finals & Adams’ magical kicking game has to be at it’s very best to put pressure on the opposition & give us the vital field position required for our star backline to shine.

We definitely need Cookie to give his usual great service from dummy half but it’s vital that he runs the ball & keeps the big Panthers pack honest around the ruck.

If Damien can bust out a few of his darting bursts that we love so much then the flow on effect from that equates to more space on the edges for our attack.

Rookie Blake Taaffe played well last week & although there were a couple of forgettable moments he brings the ball back efficiently, can make a break & has the ability to set up tries like he’s done twice already in the limited game time he’s had.

We’ve interviewed Blake on our podcast, I know his dad Darren & uncle Brad so I am perhaps a bit biased but I really hope this kid can find some space out there on Saturday night & explode through a few holes to show everyone what he’s capable of. Blake has plenty of ability so don’t be surprised if you see him do some handy work for this team.

We need to have great line speed in defence to put pressure on Jarome Luai & especially Nathan Cleary. If we allow their Origin halfback to keep putting up those eye watering bombs it won’t end well & then we have to take care of & field the ones he does get up & away.

A huge defensive effort is essential against a team featuring metre monster Brian To’o, Crichton, Burton, Kikau etc.

Look for big games from our back three, Cameron, Keaon & Jaydn. Cameron will work himself to a standstill & take the line on. Keaon keeps getting better & is a post contact metre beast. Look out for more big shots from Jaydn like the one he put on Fletcher Baker 2 weeks ago.

Let’s roll up the sleeves rip in, go out there & give it to these blokes. Let them know that the mighty Rabbitohs are in town.

The final pieces of the puzzle are the two bookends Junior & the Goat. Junior keeps producing up front & Nico has to be one of the most improved players I’ve ever seen.

Win the battle in the middle, complete at a high rate, have a good kicking game & let the backs finish them off.

If we do that then I’m confident we can win in that magnificent new Townsville stadium that we can’t attend anytime soon.

If we do get rolled then the next test will be an elimination game with either the beatable Eels or a Knights team that limped into the finals.

A fourth shot at a prelim is entirely possible & if Souths can get past that stage who knows what might happen, maybe even number 22.

Souths by 4

By Steve Mavin

The Rabbitohs Mental Health Phoneline –

0466 045 195

The South Sydney Rabbitohs Wellbeing Department would like to inform you of a brand-new service we are providing:

 

 

We are privileged to have our Mental Health Ambassador Jed Cartwright, as the face of our phoneline.

We will be offering a comprehensive service for our South Sydney Rabbitohs and extended family i.e. your junior clubs.

We are a Wellbeing Hub for the Rabbitohs. If anyone is experiencing emotional distress and needs to talk to someone, is feeling suicidal, needs assistance to find relative mental health services, needs support or advice, worried about someone, needs to negate a Mental Health plan or Information for family and carers. Please contact us for a confidential conversation with an empathetic trained mental health person.

We are here to listen without judgement.

Anyone who contacts the Mental Health Phoneline will go through a triage process and must be over the age of 18 or have a parent or guardian present with them.

Don’t hesitate to reach out should you have any questions.

The Rabbitohs Mental Health Phoneline

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Jan EarlHead of Wellbeing – South Sydney Rabbitohs