Get ready for some bloody scrums:

Actor Russell Crowe has helped broker a deal to broadcast Australia's most fiercely contested rugby league series, the State of Origin, to the United States, the National Rugby League (NRL) said on Wednesday. Oscar winner Crowe, who owns NRL club South Sydney Rabittohs, was instrumental in putting together a deal to show the three-match series between New South Wales and Queensland on Fox Sports, the league said.

It would be great if the notoriously hot-temptered actor periodically became so enraged over game play he ran on the field and started playing. Although it depends on what shape he's in. It varies.

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