Geyer will be compensated

By MITCHELL DALE

CONTRARY to Sydney media reports, Orara Valley's movie star Russell Crowe has pledged compensation money to former Test star Mark Geyer for injuries sustained at the sevens tournament which the Oscar-winner underwrote.

Geyer badly broke his right leg in two places playing for Mark Carroll's star Barbarians side at the sevens tournament in January, but a registration bungle made by Geyer left him without insurance.

In a Sydney newspaper yesterday, Geyer called on Crowe to pay $10,000 as cover for his medical costs and money lost through loss of work.

"It was a gesture of goodwill to go up there and play. Russell put his name up for the tournament and now he won't back it up. He has changed his tune pretty quickly," Geyer told The Daily Telegraph.

"I'd like to think he could come to the party. He said he has nothing to do with the event any more."

But Elks says both the Axemen and Crowe have pledged money to Geyer from day one, although he admitted 'the wheels are moving a little bit slowly'.

"Men of League, a fundraising arm of the NRL which helps former players, have said they will assist Mark's financial situation and Russell contacted us to say whatever they put in, he will match," Elks said.

"We also want to help in whatever way we can, we are just waiting to hear back from Men of League.

"We understand what Mark is going through, but unfortunately these things don't happen overnight."

Elks hopes the incident will not hinder the tournament's star-pulling power in the future



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