The Brisbane Broncos have added a nomination for The Fronwlow Medal to their successful 2022 season after covering up a player’s misdemeanour.
The Frownlow Medal is awarded to the player whose off-field demeanour epitomises the values of the modern-day footballer and draws attention to the status of footballers as role models to young Australians. It covers Australia’s four major football codes; the National Rugby League (NRL), Australian Football League (AFL), the A-League (Football) and Rugby Union’s Super Rugby competition. NRL player Shaun Kenny-Dowall won the inaugural medal in 2015, while NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.
The proud club sits inside the top 8 for the first time in many years and has now received the highest honour in Australian sport, a nomination for the most prestigious award in the land.
The club lied to the media about the reason Selwyn Cobbo missed a training session and have since been heavily criticised for protecting their star winger. Apparently the club told reporters that Cobbo missed training for personal reasons and that he had returned to his home town of Cherbourg. It was later revealed, however, that Cobbo was attending court after being charged with multiple driving offences. The rookie was disqualified from driving for six months and fined $700 with no conviction recorded
The Broncos are now able to send a few representatives to the awards night for The Fronwlow Medal and hall of fame later this year, and are expected to send former Fronwlow nominees Darren Lockyer, Allan Langer and Justin Hodges, as well as Cobbo.