Jarryd Hayne wins The Frownlow Medal in 2021.

Former NRL player Jarryd Hayne has won The Frownlow Medal in 2021 after being sent to prison for sexually assaulting a woman on NRL Grand Final night in 2018. Hayne saw off the challenge of more than 70 professional footballers to win this year’s medal and is the sixth NRL player to receive the honour.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor was the 2020 recipient.

The former NSW and Australia star was found guilty of raping the woman at her home on the NSW Central Coast, and apparently asked a taxi driver to wait for him while he committed the crime. He was eventually sentenced this year after a lengthy legal process.

Unfortunately for Hayne, he was not able to attend the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, and he had to accept a replica of the award in the TV room at Cooma Correctional Centre. The replica was made by a fellow inmate out of Play-doh and had to be returned to guards immediately. He will receive the real medal once he is released.

Hayne saw off the challenges of two other NRL players who were accused of the same crime. Rookie Tristan Sailor is yet to have his day in court, and fellow Dragons player Jack de Belin was eventually found not guilty of an incident which occurred in Wollongong. De Belin was also nominated this year for breaching COVID-19 rules to attend Paul Vaughan‘s infamous house party, which earned nominations for 10 other players and created the Matt Dufty Fun Run.

Herstory is made

Nita Maynard became the first woman to be nominated for The Frownlow Medal since the award’s inception in 2015. The NRLW player got into a scuffle with bouncers at Northies after a few too many drinks, and paved the way for Millie Boyle and Deni Varnhagen. Boyle was caught in a toilet tryst with fellow rugby league player and multiple nominee Adam Elliott, while Varnhagen was delisted by the Adelaide Crows AFL club for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Frownlow favourites

Jordan de Goey of Collingwood returned for more Frownlow fun, this time earning three nominations in the same year. He edged out 2016 medallist Corey Norman with two nominations, one of which was for a street fight outside Northies alongside his buddy James Segeyaro. Josh Dugan also earned two nominations, and said goodbye to the NRL after doing very little for the Cronulla Sharks all season.

An ugly trend

Yet again footballers were nominated for alleged violence against women. NRL players Tui Kamikamica, Jamil Hopoate and Anthony Milford were all accused of alleged incidents of violence against women, and are set to face court in 2022.

The bizarre

Footballers always provide so much off-field entertainment, and 2021 was no different. NRL player Lachlan Lewis was nominated for stealing club-owned speakers from his COVID-19 hub and trying to sell them online, while Roosters enforcer Victor Radley was fined for tackling someone – no joke. Tom Starling of the Raiders, meanwhile, earned his second nomination in two years, for exactly the same offence, at exactly the same bar, at exactly the same time of year.

Three clubs were nominated this year. Collingwood FC AFL club for services to racism, and NRL clubs Canterbury Bulldogs for COVID-19 breaches, as well as the Penrith Panthers, who destroyed the Summons – Provan trophy while celebrating their Grand Final victory.

NRL players clearly dominated again in 2021. Not one A-League footballer was nominated, only four Super Rugby players were eligible, and the only other significant incident involving an AFL player was Taylor Walker‘s racism and his cringeworthy apology video.

Footballers then partied the night away after the award announcement, while poor Jarryd was sent back to his cell.

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Can Jarryd Hayne return to glory?

Former NRL player and current prisoner Jarryd Hayne could claim the greatest prize in Australian sport this year. Hayne is the favourite to win The Frownlow Medal, ahead of 61 professional footballers who have earned nominations for all manner of off-field scandals.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Hayne is possibly the most talented player to have never won a grand final. He came close with Parramatta one year, and almost single-handedly won a State of Origin series for NSW on one occasion. He now languishes in prison after being found guilty of sexual assault.

Can anyone beat Hayne?

Former NRL player Mananse Fainu poses a strong threat. He is still awaiting the outcome of his legal proceedings after he was accused of stabbing someone outside a Mormon church dance back in 2019. Another Dragons player, Tristan Sailor, was also accused of rape but has not been found guilty as COVID-19 slows down court proceedings in Australia.

Other challengers

Hayne saw off the challenge of another accused rapist, fellow NRL player Jack de Belin. The Dragons and NSW player was found not guilty of sexual assault after a long court case, but is still in contention after attending Paul Vaughan‘s infamous BBQ. This unsanctioned house party led to nominations for another 11 Dragons players, and created the Matt Dufty Fun Run around the streets of Shellharbour.

Corey Norman won the medal in 2016 and was also at the BBQ. He thought he could outsmart the cops by fleeing on foot, but he left behind his phone and car – with personalised number plates. It was his second nomination of 2021, after getting into a brawl outside Northies.

Gender equity

2021 marked a milestone for The Frownlow Medal. Nita Maynard became the first woman to be nominated after getting drunk and taking on a bouncer at Northies. Fellow NRLW player Millie Boyle followed her lead and earned a nomination after being caught in a toilet tryst with misguided NRL player Adam Elliott.

The Breachers

Breaching COVID-19 protocols earned nominations for many footballers this year, even though that particular scandal failed to win the Frownlow for any nominees in 2020. Footballers never learn. Many players breached some form of protocols, including perennial nominees James Roberts, and fellow NRL player Josh Dugan, who was caught by police more than 3 hours from home, twice, on the same day.

Jai Arrow and Api Koroisau were both punished for smuggling women into their restricted hotels rooms during the State of Origin series. Koroisau is married, and Arrow is sponsored by a food delivery company which guarantees fast and efficient delivery.

NRL dominance

NRL players look determined to win back what they believe is their birthright, after Taylor claimed it for the AFL in 2020. They comprise 47 of the 61 nominees. They also supplied two of the most bizarre nominations. Victor Radley was punished by the NRL for tackling someone, while Lachlan Lewis was caught trying to sell a speaker on EBay, after stealing it from a room in the Bulldogs’ hub.

AFL defence

The AFL defence looks flimsy. Jordan De Goey earned three nominations in one year, for essentially being Jordan De Goey, while Taylor Walker made a racist comment and a pathetic attempt to apologise for his racist outburst. Nine more AFL players were nominated for relatively minor offences, and so far they look unlikely to reclaim the medal.

Super Rugby

Super Rugby has offered four candidates. Suliasi Vunivalu earned his nomination before even playing a game in his new code, while three Rebels Marika Koroibete, Isi Naisarani and Pone Fa’amausili had a few quiet drinks in their team hotel and broke curfew while playing for the Wallabies. Apparently Rebels are not allowed to rebel.

A- League Absence

The A-League has never won The Fronwlow Medal and has failed to supply any candidates in 2021. Why?

Hayne might be accepting The Frownlow Medal from his prison cell later this year, but it is only September, and four months is a very long time in football.

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Corey Norman’s love affair with The Frownlow Medal.

Corey Norman won The Frownlow Medal in 2016 and has been deeply committed to the award ever since. The NRL player has received a total of eight nominations and was recently involved in the illegal house party which ended Paul Vaughan’s career.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Norman just can’t stay away from the Frownlow. He earned nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021, and his highlight reel includes:

Being caught with illict drugs outside a Sydney casino.

Being photographed with known criminals on social media.

Being the subject of a leaked sex tape.

Being invloved in the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal.

Intoxication and anti-social behaviour at a Sydney nightspot.

Appearing in a leaked video in which another man takes illicit drugs.

Breaching COVID-19 bio security protocols at a house party with Dragons teammates during lockdown. Reportedly fleeing the scene on foot and leaving behind his phone, wallet and car…with personalised number plates.

Getting into a street fight alongside James Segeyaro outside Northies in Cronulla.

Most ironically of all, Norman and Segeyaro run a clothing business together. It’s name? YTKR – You Know the Rules.

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Karmichael Hunt to target one player.

Karmichael Hunt is back in the NRL for one reason. The winner of The Frownlow Medal in 2018 has his sights set on the 2016 medallist, Corey Norman. Norman is the only other winner of the prestigious medal to be playing first-grade football in Australia and Hunt is determined to take him out.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

“This medal ain’t big enough for the two of us,” Hunt threatened.

“I’m going after Corey. The Frownlow Medal is too prestigious and too important to have two former winners running around in first grade. I’m the Aplha Male, and I’m here to mark my territory.”

Hunt recently answered the call of the Brisbane Broncos to add experience to their halves after the club won the wooden spoon in 2020. Hunt will return to the top grade soon and is preparing himself for the showdown with Norman and his St George-Illawarra Dragons.

Hunt won the famous medal in 2018 after he and other former NRL players, and fellow Frownlow nominees, were investigated by police for their roles in a massive drug trafficking and selling operation. In 2017, he pleaded guilty to possession of illicit drugs and his NRL, AFL and Super Rugby careers stopped. He returned to the field and was playing lower-grade rugby league in Queensland when Broncos coach Kevin Walters made the call.

Norman stands in the way of Hunt’s dominance, and won the medal in 2016 after being photographed with known criminals on social media, starring in a leaked sex tape and taking part in the Eels salary cap scandal. He was also reported for intoxication at a Sydney nightspot and appeared in a leaked video in which another man was taking drugs. In addition, he was caught with illicit drugs, which may or may not have been sold by Karmichael.

Just a few weeks ago, he and his partner in crime, James Segeyaro, were caught on camera fighting a group of men in a street brawl outside Northies nightclub in Cronulla. this proved his determination to win The Frownlow Medal in 2021, or to at least remind fellow contenders that he is still a force to be reckoned with.

The Broncos play the Dragons in round 13, and for Hunt and Norman, this game will be bigger than the grand final.

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Corey Norman has something to say.

NRL player Corey Norman has a message:

“Don’t forget me!”

“I won The Frownlow Medal before and I’ll win it again,” said the 2016 medallist.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

Norman made the statement after receiving a possible two-match suspension and $20,000 fine from the NRL for his involvement in a street brawl in January. Norman and fellow league player James Segeyaro fought with a group of men outside a bar in Cronulla and were caught on security cameras.

Segeyaro and Norman are friends and business partners, jointly operating the clothing label YTKR, which stands for ‘You Know the Rules’. Apparently they don’t, because Segeyaro is a former Frownlow nominee and is currently serving a ban from the NRL due to the use of performance enhancing drugs. Norman won the medal in 2016 due to illicit drug use, social media controversy, a sex tape, intoxication and a salary cap scandal.

Will Norman win The Frownlow Medal in 2016?

No one has ever won it twice. It is possible, but the St George-Illawarra player faces strong opposition. Four league players are currently being investigated for violence against women, and another player for stabbing someone outside a church dance. However, none of these players has been found guilty, so Norman is still in with a fighting chance.

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Did Corey Norman lose The Frownlow Medal?

The Frownlow Medal Corey Norman won in 2016 has gone missing after the NRL player and James Segeyaro were attacked by a group of armed men in Cronulla recently. Norman and Segeyaro fought off the unidentified men who were attempting to steal the medal, which Norman is known to carry proudly on his person at all times.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

The footballers escaped uninjured and explained their involvement in the wild brawl via the social media account of the company YKTR Sports, which they co-manage. YKTR stands for You Know The Rules. They claim Segeyaro was racially abused by the men and that Norman intervened to defend his friend. The argument soon turned physical and one of the attackers is alleged to have pulled a knife. The situation was eventually diffused and the players left, in the company of their female friends. At no point does the account mention The Frownlow Medal.

Did the attackers steal The Frownlow Medal?

Is Norman too embarrassed to admit that he lost it? After all, he is one of only six players in history to have won the award.

Are police assisting Norman to recover the medal? This seems unlikely, given Norman’s history with the police. He was once caught with illicit drugs, was photographed with known criminals and was the subject of a leaked sex tape. He also appeared in a video in which a man is taking drugs, was intoxicated at a Sydney nightspot and was involved in the Parramatta Eels salary cap scandal.

Segeyaro, meanwhile, is currently suspended by the NRL for testing positive to performance enhancing drugs and earned a previous Frownlow nomination for appearing on social media with known criminals.

Norman may face suspension from the early rounds of the 2021 NRL season due to the incident, while Segeyaro has undoubtedly harmed his chances of ever returning to the competition.

Meanwhile, The Frownlow Medal is still missing. Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the medal is asked to contact Frownlow judges via this page or www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal, or to contact YKTR Sports at http://www.yktr.com.au.

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