Jarryd Hayne calls for Hillsong to host Frownlow awards night.

Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne believes the awards night for The Frownlow Medal must be held at Hillsong Church in Sydney’s western suburbs.

Hayne is a member of the hugely popular Evangelical megachurch and is a favourite to win The Frownlow Medal in 2019 after being charged with sexual assault.

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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.

The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame honours former players and players who received media attention in previous seasons, for similarly scandalous behaviour, and its inductees include Ben Cousins and Julian O’Neill.

Hayne believes Hillsong Church is a superior venue to The Star, Sydney, which is the traditional home of the award’s night for the most prestigious award in Australian sport.

“Sure, lots of guys have been nominated for stuff that happened at The Star,” Hayne conceded.

“Even Corey (Norman, 2016 Frownlow Medallist) got busted with pills there, but Hillsong is better – it rocks. It’s a huge venue, they have wicked concerts and stage shows and the atmosphere is massive,” he argued.

The former NRL player, who has not been found guilty of sexual assault, also believes it could attract distinguished guests to the ceremony.

“We could get ScoMo to go. He loves new age Pentecostal churches and he’s a huge footy fan. He could hand out the awards. I reckon if we told him he could wear a baseball cap and sink some schooners, he’d do it for sure.”

Holding the ceremony at Hillsong may also appease two other leading candidates, Israel Folau and Manase Fainu, who have an affinity with churches in the western suburbs of Sydney. Folau lost his multi-million dollar Rugby Union contract for expressing views he cultivated at a church in western Sydney, while Fainu will soon face court after being accused of stabbing someone during a brawl outside a church in western Sydney.

Hillsong faces strong competition for hosting rights. The Star is a very popular haunt with Frownlow nominees, while La Favela nightclub in Bali is where recent nominees Nelson Asofa-Solomona and David Fifita attracted the attention of Frownlow judges.

Wherever the event is held, all in attendance are sure to be filled with some sort of spirit.

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A Big Man Takes a Big Swipe at a Big Prize.

He may well be the biggest man to have ever played in the NRL, and Neslon Asofa- Solomona may have swung himself into contention for the biggest prize in Australian sport, The Frownlow Medal.

The Melbourne Storm player was involved in a wild pub brawl in Bali while enjoying an end of season holiday with teammates. Video footage shows Big Nelson throwing wild punches as the brawl spills out into the street.

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 and code-swapper Karmichael Hunt was the most recent recipient.

Asofa-Solomona has been banned for three matches by the NRL Integrity Unit, and this may determine his fate in The Frownlow Medal. It also means he will miss the end of year Test Matches for New Zealand.

Ironically, the big fella was sin binned in the opening minutes of a finals match against the Roosters for what was essentially a light slap to the face of opposing prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho. It was a bit more than a light slap in Bali though.

One question that needs to be answered is just how drunk were the Australians who chose to pick a fight with Suliasi Vunivalu and his huge Storm teammates? Who takes on a crew of very, very big men, who failed to make the grand final and were not allowed to throw a single punch on field all year?

Big Nelson can now look forward to the awards night of The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, which may or may not be full of drunken Aussie bogans.

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