As Israel Folau’s football fight continues to stall, some of his biggest supporters have released insights proving the controversial star should be welcomed back to the NRL.
A poll by the Australian Christian lobby has shown an overwhelming wave of support for Folau and has got the ARL commission going to allow the controversial code hopper to return to the NRL.
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Folau’s dismissal from Rugby Australia for his homophobic remarks has hardly made him a social pariah. 57 percent of respondents voted for the former Bronco to be allowed back into the NRL.
Of the proportion of voters who identified themselves as legitimate NRL supporters, a whopping 69 percent wanted Folau to play in the rugby league again.
And 35 percent of fans said they would be more likely to see the NRL if Folau played again.
In March, NRL stars like Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Hunt and Alex Glenn called for Folau to be cleared to return to the NRL.
The Dragons and Broncos have both discussed signing Folau but abandoned the move because they feared a major backlash from fans and sponsors.
But ACL executive director Martyn Iles says the poll is evidence that the majority of rugby league fans, including everyday Australians who don’t watch the game, want Folau back at the NRL.
« The most telling data of all is that two-thirds of rugby fans believe sponsors play too much of a role in deciding who can and can’t play. »
« The ACL is committed to providing a free and fair opportunity for all Australians to play sports and make a living without fear of discrimination.
The Sharks are in danger of being blown out of the water by the Broncos as they battle for Adam Reynolds’ signature.
The Broncos are privately confident of getting their husband after coach Kevin Walters and new chief executive Dave Donaghy flew to Sydney last Sunday to speak to the South Sydney halfback.
Reynolds told close friends that the meeting was extremely positive. The Maestro from Souths was very impressed with Brisbane’s interest and his offer to replace Alex Glenn as Broncos captain next year.
Reports Reynolds have no interest in moving to Brisbane are false. While Reynolds has close family ties in Sydney, he made it clear to the Broncos bosses that moving his partner and their four children to Queensland is by no means a deal-breaker.
Brisbane hasn’t made an official offer yet, but Reynolds has set out how much they are looking for. The numbers are affordable for the Broncos, who are willing to pay around $ 2.4 million for a three-year package.
The next step for Reynolds is to tour Brisbane’s $ 27 million high-performance center. That would be a sign to the Broncos bosses that they will not be used in a bidding war with the Sharks.
Melbourne closes with Xavier Coates’ signature and The Storm has another shock absorber deal on the horizon for full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen.
Sport Confidential can show that the storm has reinforced its plans to keep Papenhuyzen for the long term and is discussing terms for a three-year extension that would keep Billy Slater’s successors in Melbourne through the end of 2025.
The 22-year-old is already under contract until the end of next year, but with a second team from Brisbane slated to join the league in 2023, Melbourne will stay in Papenhuyzen until their mid-twenties.
The Storm are smart wage cap managers, and the incumbent Clive Churchill medalist’s salary will rise to around $ 800,000 when the ink dries on his Melbourne upgrade.
This is a revelation that should make Paul Gallen nervous before his fight with Justis Huni on June 16.
Australian heavyweight champion Huni destroyed opponents in sparring with his father and trainer Rocky in search of new partners when his 22-year-old tore apart in the ring.
The Huni camp even had to look overseas to find quality heavyweight opponents in training.
Gallen has warned Huni that he will be coming to steal his Australian title, but Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan said the former NRL star was in trouble.
« We had a sparring partner who was supposed to do six laps with Justis, and he was gone after three and a half.
« We have to look to New Zealand to find sparring partners because Justis destroys guys.
Kotoni Staggs’ best friend and roommate has launched a passionate defense for the Broncos star after signing a rich deal to stay in Brisbane.
Staggs will be a Bronco until at least 2025 after signing a four-year extension worth about $ 3 million to stay at Red Hill.
The Broncos’ great show of faith comes amid an NRL Integrity Unit investigation into an incident at a Brisbane nightclub involving Staggs and a woman.
Staggs was fined $ 10,000 earlier this year by the NRL for using a homophobic slur in a pub incident in NSW country.
Staggs shares a house with Broncos hooker Jake Turpin and bench striker Ethan Bullemor, with Turpin jumping in defense of the explosive runner.
« We all make mistakes and he won’t be the last NRL player to make a mistake. It happens. He has learned from those mistakes and set up a few things to correct him. »
« He learned a lot along the way and still has a lot to learn.
« He is an absolute legend of the field guy and will do anything for his teammates and his family. »
Turpin also said Staggs was the dream roommate, but the same couldn’t be said for Bullemor.
« Ethan Bullemor is the worst roommate. He’s messy. There are chocolate wrappers in his room. He’s supposed to be a bloody athlete.
« Kotoni is good, he helps around the house heaps and is a handy man. If something is wrong in the house, he can fix it. »
They’ve taken some tough recruiting blows lately, but Broncos are on the verge of bringing one of the club’s most promising young strikers to a long-term deal.
Highly competitive backrower TC Robati is expected to sign a three-year extension that will move him to Brisbane’s top 30 from 2022.
Robati played well for Wynnum-Manly in the Intrust Super Cup and is rewarded with an improved contract.
The Broncos already kept Jordan Riki and Brendan Piakura, and Robati’s addition will ensure stocks in the back row of Brisbane are strong for years to come.
The NRL faces a Super League-style revolt if it pursues the conference idea spread over the past two weeks.
The news that the NRL was discussing research into a two-conference competition met with mixed reactions throughout the game.
The biggest problem the NRL has to overcome is the fact that it looks like another Sydney-centric idea for the game.
The NRL has been accused in the past of having a penchant for Sydney and NSW, despite having a large following in Queensland.
The idea that the nine clubs in Sydney form one conference while the rest make up the other has not been well received by the clubs in Queensland.
A prominent NRL personality told Sport Confidential that the league would risk a riot, much like the Super League, if they continued with the idea.
A serious rugby pedigree was seen in the Gold Coast junior retakes last week.
Jasper Smith, son of NRL legend Cameron Smith, played on a team alongside Finn Laffranchi, son of former Tigers and Titans striker Anthony Laffranchi, and Harvey Holbrook, son of Justin Holbrook, coach of the Gold Coast Titans.
Similar to his famous father, Jasper wore the No. 9 jersey in the game, while Laffranchi was in the fullback and Holbrook, like his father, played the halfback.
The Gold Coast Titans are considering forming an NRLW team but have concerns about an important decision in the competition.
The NRLW is to be expanded to a competition with six teams this year and to eight teams in 2022.
The Titans are one of the interested parties in participating in the expanded competition and have carefully checked the due diligence regarding presence in the women’s game.
However, they are concerned about the prospect of forcing local Gold Coast players to play for other clubs.
The Titans want to be able to sign local players rather than risk going to other clubs via a controversial « pool » system.
Footy fans have the opportunity to watch a post-game press conference live after the NRL decided to mix up the process for the Magic Round in Brisbane this coming weekend.
The NRL informed the clubs this week that the Magic Round press will be held outdoors at Suncorp Stadium.
The NRL wishes to: « Create an opportunity for fans to engage and interact with the players and coaches they admire (in a COVID-safe manner).
« The aim is to give the fans present the opportunity to watch a press conference in live format. »
Hopefully there is better security to prevent fans from being ambushed, like Fox Sports commentator Corey Parker saw at Suncorp a few weeks ago.
First he cleaned up her vomit, then he raped her. Now this RoadTek Mackay employee will be in jail for the next nine months.
It will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will serve residents on the north side of the Pioneer River.
The accused money mattress allegedly threatened to beat up and torture drug addicts, but his lawyer said it was « gansta talk ».
Anthony Albanese has described the move as « another example of the latest in George Christensen standing before the taxpayers ».
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