Russell Packer - James Hooper article



  • March 15, 2018 6:00am James Hooper Source: FOX SPORTS
    https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/teams/tigers/how-the-leadership-of-russell-packer-is-driving-the-wests-tigers-bus/news-story/a2be731315af34c227ae5c05ff19c83d

    IN the halcyon days of the 1980s it was personalities like Steve Roach, Les Davidson, Craig Young and Mark Geyer.

    Enforcers who more often than not left the opposition sleeping with one eye open the night before and after a match.

    Shift into the 1990s and it was names like Paul Harragon, Mark Carroll, David Gillespie and Gorden Tallis.

    Genuine characters splashed with a dash of villain who made an afternoon on the Sydney wharves or a shift down the mines look like easy work.

    Which brings us to the Wests Tigers and one of their newly-crowned co-captains — Russell Packer — an old-school style of new breed enforcer.

    After claiming a points victory over the Sydney Roosters and specifically Jared Warea-Hargreaves last Saturday, Packer faces an even bigger challenge in round two.

    The premiers the Melbourne Storm might have lost Jordan McLean to the Cowboys but they’ve replaced him with Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

    “There’s no easy ones in the comp, is there?” Packer says when asked about his latest front-row battle.

    “Look, it was a good challenge to go up against Jared last week.

    “It will be no different this week.

    “The Storm have got probably the best front-rower in Jesse Bromwich and probably the best young front-rower in Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

    “I spent a bit of time with Nelson through the World Cup campaign, he’s definitely a beast. Powerful, got a big engine. And he’s only 22 years old.

    “It’s really crazy to think what kind of talent they’ve got there in their front row.

    “In saying that, we’ve got a pretty fair pack ourselves. I guess we’ve got that bit of underdog mentality. I know that will be no different going into the Storm game.

    “We’ve got to rely on the pack I guess. We’ve got to work hard together. It’s worked for a game, the blue print is there.

    “It’s a hard one but hopefully we can all do our roles and that can be good enough to help for a team win.”

    Right there underlines why Tigers coach Ivan Cleary opted for Packer in his leadership group.

    Club first, team second, individual third.

    Packer’s journey has been well-documented and his growth as a man and a leader since should be celebrated as one of rugby league’s great stories.

    You only need to listen to him talk about Cleary and his strengths as an NRL coach to get an insight into why.

    “For whatever reason he seems to bring out the best in people. He gives them space to grow and be their own person,” Packer said.

    “Which I think is important in a team. There’s so many different characters throughout the game.

    “The best teams allow individual personalities to come through.

    “I reckon that can create a really good culture put together in the right way and Ivan’s got a really good blue print for that.”

    No one will give the Wests Tigers a hope against Melbourne in Billy Slater’s 300th NRL game.

    When you see the world the way Packer does, it matters little.

    Packer won’t top the Tigers run-metres but his role is still just as important as what Slater, Cameron Smith or Cameron Munster will bring for the Storm.

    He has that genuine, old-school fear factor which is harder and harder to find in the modern game.



  • Beat it Hooper you flea bag



  • All aboard the bandwagon!


  • ForumSupporter

    Smash Cammy in the back of the head Russell…



  • I know Hooper isn’t loved by many on here but you could see the genuine excitement when talking about the WT’s last night

    Some journo’s can give can give an altered perceptions due to requests , I’ll give an example of what I mean

    Wayne Bennett would purposely ask a couple of journos (Usually either Barry Muir or Bob Bax ) in Brisbane to bag players in his team to get the best out of them for big games

    In particular before an old BRL GF in 1984 Wynnum Manly had beaten in a record ever GF loss that year Bennett’s side Souths 42-10 from memory

    Bennett asked Bob Bax the week before the GF doing an article about Mal Meninga how he was a possible superstar but he would never play for the full 80 minutes , was lazy and would go missing

    Souths came out in probably one of the biggest boilovers in BRL history and beat Wynnum 10-8 , MM was MOTM , taking on arguably the greatest BRL club side ever with Lewis ,Miles ,Dowling , Lindner ,Colin Scott ,French brothers etc

    You will also remember the Bennett 1992 GF story where he got the comments from Brian Smith about the Broncos players , it ended up being fake , Bennett asked a journo to make it up

    I sometimes wonder when I see Hooper’s comments about the WT’s whether he is acting on his own or has been given the word from inside the club to help force change that was / is needed ??



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    I know Hooper isn’t loved by many on here but you could see the genuine excitement when talking about the WT’s last night

    Some journo’s can give can give an altered perceptions due to requests , I’ll give an example of what I mean

    Wayne Bennett would purposely ask a couple of journos (Usually either Barry Muir or Bob Bax ) in Brisbane to bag players in his team to get the best out of them for big games

    In particular before an old BRL GF in 1984 Wynnum Manly had beaten in a record ever GF loss that year Bennett’s side Souths 42-10 from memory

    Bennett asked Bob Bax the week before the GF doing an article about Mal Meninga how he was a possible superstar but he would never play for the full 80 minutes , was lazy and would go missing

    Souths came out in probably one of the biggest boilovers in BRL history and beat Wynnum 10-8 , MM was MOTM , taking on arguably the greatest BRL club side ever with Lewis ,Miles ,Dowling , Lindner ,Colin Scott ,French brothers etc

    You will also remember the Bennett 1992 GF story where he got the comments from Brian Smith about the Broncos players , it ended up being fake , Bennett asked a journo to make it up

    I sometimes wonder when I see Hooper’s comments about the WT’s whether he is acting on his own or has been given the word from inside the club to help force change that was / is needed ??

    Happy he bagged Marina Go and Justin Pascoe from pillar to post last year when it all went pear shaped, from the poor onfield performances all the way through to losing the 3 grubs. He’s simply a bandwagoner. Not saying that we will but if we get beaten by 20 this week he’ll be slamming Cleary’s tactics and questioning the heart of the players. Nothing to see here


  • ForumSupporter

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    I know Hooper isn’t loved by many on here but you could see the genuine excitement when talking about the WT’s last night

    Some journo’s can give can give an altered perceptions due to requests , I’ll give an example of what I mean

    Wayne Bennett would purposely ask a couple of journos (Usually either Barry Muir or Bob Bax ) in Brisbane to bag players in his team to get the best out of them for big games

    In particular before an old BRL GF in 1984 Wynnum Manly had beaten in a record ever GF loss that year Bennett’s side Souths 42-10 from memory

    Bennett asked Bob Bax the week before the GF doing an article about Mal Meninga how he was a possible superstar but he would never play for the full 80 minutes , was lazy and would go missing

    Souths came out in probably one of the biggest boilovers in BRL history and beat Wynnum 10-8 , MM was MOTM , taking on arguably the greatest BRL club side ever with Lewis ,Miles ,Dowling , Lindner ,Colin Scott ,French brothers etc

    You will also remember the Bennett 1992 GF story where he got the comments from Brian Smith about the Broncos players , it ended up being fake , Bennett asked a journo to make it up

    I sometimes wonder when I see Hooper’s comments about the WT’s whether he is acting on his own or has been given the word from inside the club to help force change that was / is needed ??

    :blah :blah :blah :blah :blah :blah :blah



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    I know Hooper isn’t loved by many on here but you could see the genuine excitement when talking about the WT’s last night

    Some journo’s can give can give an altered perceptions due to requests , I’ll give an example of what I mean

    Wayne Bennett would purposely ask a couple of journos (Usually either Barry Muir or Bob Bax ) in Brisbane to bag players in his team to get the best out of them for big games

    In particular before an old BRL GF in 1984 Wynnum Manly had beaten in a record ever GF loss that year Bennett’s side Souths 42-10 from memory

    Bennett asked Bob Bax the week before the GF doing an article about Mal Meninga how he was a possible superstar but he would never play for the full 80 minutes , was lazy and would go missing

    Souths came out in probably one of the biggest boilovers in BRL history and beat Wynnum 10-8 , MM was MOTM , taking on arguably the greatest BRL club side ever with Lewis ,Miles ,Dowling , Lindner ,Colin Scott ,French brothers etc

    You will also remember the Bennett 1992 GF story where he got the comments from Brian Smith about the Broncos players , it ended up being fake , Bennett asked a journo to make it up

    I sometimes wonder when I see Hooper’s comments about the WT’s whether he is acting on his own or has been given the word from inside the club to help force change that was / is needed ??

    Happy he bagged Marina Go and Justin Pascoe from pillar to post last year when it all went pear shaped, from the poor onfield performances all the way through to losing the 3 grubs. He’s simply a bandwagoner. Not saying that we will but if we get beaten by 20 this week he’ll be slamming Cleary’s tactics and questioning the heart of the players. Nothing to see here

    Is Marina Go the answer though …… and he still is a journo when push comes to shove , unlike Rothfield he shows some ethics as a RL journo



  • Hooper is an opportunist. If it suits his agenda he’ll put crap on the Tigers. If it suits, he will praise us. Rothfield is agenda driven. He is manipulative. The journo I think has the most integrity is Paul Kent. I don’t know him nor have I met him- he just seems objective and consistent in his praise or criticism.



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    Hooper is an opportunist. If it suits his agenda he’ll put crap on the Tigers. If it suits, he will praise us. Rothfield is agenda driven. He is manipulative. The journo I think has the most integrity is Paul Kent. I don’t know him nor have I met him- he just seems objective and consistent in his praise or criticism.

    Not wanting to start an argument , my point was Hooper had a gleam in his eye and showed genuine passion last night

    You can’t fake that



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    Hooper is an opportunist. If it suits his agenda he’ll put crap on the Tigers. If it suits, he will praise us. Rothfield is agenda driven. He is manipulative. The journo I think has the most integrity is Paul Kent. I don’t know him nor have I met him- he just seems objective and consistent in his praise or criticism.

    Kent at least seems to say whats on his mind, whether people like it or not, unlike most others who are scared to rock the boat


  • ForumSupporter

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    Hooper is an opportunist. If it suits his agenda he’ll put crap on the Tigers. If it suits, he will praise us. Rothfield is agenda driven. He is manipulative. The journo I think has the most integrity is Paul Kent. I don’t know him nor have I met him- he just seems objective and consistent in his praise or criticism.

    Not wanting to start an argument , my point was Hooper had a gleam in his eye and showed genuine passion last night

    You can’t fake that

    Never seen when Harry met Sally…?

    Hooper is as every bit slimey as Rothfield and Weidler…his attacks on the Club last year especially one MMM interview with Pascoe were disgraceful…

    Sorry James no room on the Bus for you…



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    Hooper is an opportunist. If it suits his agenda he’ll put crap on the Tigers. If it suits, he will praise us. Rothfield is agenda driven. He is manipulative. The journo I think has the most integrity is Paul Kent. I don’t know him nor have I met him- he just seems objective and consistent in his praise or criticism.

    Not wanting to start an argument , my point was Hooper had a gleam in his eye and showed genuine passion last night

    You can’t fake that

    Never seen when Harry met Sally…?

    Hooper is as every bit slimey as Rothfield and Weidler…his attacks on the Club last year especially one MMM interview with Pascoe were disgraceful…

    Sorry James no room on the Bus for you…

    That’s different , women can fake anything , men are too genuine 😮

    No worries Blakey

    I 'ate you Butler



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    @:

    Hooper is an opportunist. If it suits his agenda he’ll put crap on the Tigers. If it suits, he will praise us. Rothfield is agenda driven. He is manipulative. The journo I think has the most integrity is Paul Kent. I don’t know him nor have I met him- he just seems objective and consistent in his praise or criticism.

    Not wanting to start an argument , my point was Hooper had a gleam in his eye and showed genuine passion last night

    You can’t fake that

    Yeah that’s cool. He’s a supporter I suppose. I just reckon he threw the club under the bus (sorry!!) with the way he aggressively went after management - I thought he was more interested in developing a reputation.



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    Beat it Hooper you flea bag

    Exactly, and he can take all his mates with him


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