Football’s greatest bromance.

Help us find football’s greatest bromance. Help us choose the teammates who broke each other’s bones as well as each other’s hearts before kissing and making up for the sake of the team?

The Fronwlow Medal takes a close look at some of the most passionate pairings in Australian professional football and takes a trip down memory lane to highlight some of the most romantic Frownlow nominations in history.

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 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.

Football’s greatest bromances:

NRL

James Tedesco and Shannon Wakeman

Daly Cherry Evans and Jackson Hastings

Jamal Idris, Lee Te Maari and Ben Barba,

plus fellow Bulldogs Corey Allen and Jacob Kiraz

Brisbane Broncos:

Corey Oates and Justin Hodges

Payne Haas and Albert Kelly

Tom Flegler and Jordan Riki

Super Rugby

Matt Dunning and Des Tuiavi’i

Amanaki Mafi and Lopeti Timani

AFL

Steven May and Jake Melksham

No, Wayne Carey does not qualify for this particular award. He had a romance with his teammate’s wife, not his teammate.

West Coast Eagles:

Daniel Kerr and Ben Cousins

Daniel Connors and Ben Cousins

Daniel Chick and Andrew Embley (prompted by Ben Cousins)

Do you know of any football bromance, from Australia’s four major codes, which should be included in this list?

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Siosifa Talakai gets close to a blue jersey.

NRL player Siosifa Talakai was very close to a blue jersey a few weeks ago when police charged him with a driving offence and prompted his nomination for The Fronwlow Medal.

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.

On the eve of Origin selections, Talakai was caught driving on an expired licence in southern Sydney and was ordered to face court to defend the charge. The Cronulla Sharks centre then compounded the matter when he did not attend court and was issued with an arrest warrant.

Apparently, the Sharks didn’t know about the incident until informed by a news outlet, but later said that his no show was due to an ‘oversight’. The barnstorming centre was originally left out of the team to face the Warriors as a result of the matter, but was reinstated to the team and given permission to play.

Judges of The Fronwlow Medal hope Talakai accepts the invitation to attend the awards night for the medal and the hall of fame later this year, and stress that they will be very offended if he does not show up.

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State of Origin game 1 will finish 7-7.

Log onto your betting apps folks because The Fronwlow Medal can reveal that the first game of the 2022 State of Origin series will finish 7-7. This year’s series is expected to be the tightest in recent years, although one factor could tip the result in the favour of the Blues.

New South Wales and Queensland will both field teams containing seven Frownlow nominees, including both captains.

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 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.

James Tedesco leads the New South Wales nominees. He got into a scuffle with a teammate in the Italy squad way back in 2017. Joining Teddy are Kotoni Staggs, Jack Wighton, Nathan Cleary, Payne Haas, Junior Paulo and Stephen Crichton.

Meanwhile, DCE leads the nominees for the Maroons, also for fighting with a teammate. He once had a tiff with former Manly teammate Jackson Hastings, at a strip club. He will lead a team containing fellow nominees Kalyn Ponga, Selwyn Cobbo, Valentine Holmes, Cameron Munster, Ben Hunt and Josh Papali’i.

What could tip the opener?

The coaches.

New Queensland boss Billy Slater has never been nominated for Frownlow honours, whereas Brad Fittler was nominated for the hall of fame in 2018 after once being declared ‘The Drunkest Human Being Ever’. This title was given to him by police after he was found asleep on the steps of a police station as a young man.

Maybe Tedesco will make the difference. He was also nominated in 2021 for the infamous Squid Games joke.

It’s going to be a close one.

Who’s your money on?

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Brennan Stack joins The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club.

Former AFL player Brennan Stack is the latest footballer to join The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters Club after pleading guilty to violently assaulting women.

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 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.

Horrific CCTV footage shows Stack and another man, Shai Martin, attacking two young women in a Perth carpark in March 2022. The women were left with serious injuries and were taken to hospital, while a third woman was also assaulted during the incident.

According to the CCTV footage, Stack is shown punching and hitting one of the women until she passes out. Martin then appears to drag one of the women along the ground by her hair, while both men are seen kicking a woman in the head. One of the women attempts to escape by crawling along the ground, but is seen and prevented from escaping. Reports also indicate that the players stomped on the victims’ heads and threw a bottle at one – at times while the women were unconscious.

Footage indicates that the incident ends when the police arrive.

What started the assault?

Apparently an argument over car doors slamming into one another.

Stack had been a mentor in the AFL community and took up the head coaching role at Nollamara Football Club in 2022, but was removed from the role once news broke of this incident.

The former Western Bulldogs player joins the following professional footballers in The Frownlow Medal Wife Beaters Club:

NRL

Kenny Edwards

Zane Tetevano

Ben Barba

Jake Friend

Anthony Watts

Isaac Gordon

Richie Fa’aoso

Anthony Cherrington

Addin Fonua-Blake

Kirisome Auva’a

Jarryd Hayne

Jamil Hopoate

Joel Romelo

AFL

Elijah Taylor

Nick Stevens

Liam Jurrah

Andrew Lovett

Wayne Carey

Albert Proud

Brennan Stack

Rugby Union

Craig Wells

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2022 keeps getting better for the Broncos.

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.

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Huge honour for youngster Selwyn Cobbo.

NRL rookie Selwyn Cobbo is the youngest player ever to be nominated for The Fronwlow Medal at just 19 years of age, after being charged with multiple driving offences.

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.

Cobbo was recently charged with driving an unregistered, uninsured vehicle while on a suspended licence. He was fined $700 and disqualified from driving for six months.

His club, the Brisbane Broncos, also came under fire for failing to admit to the offence. Instead, they told the media that Cobbo missed a training session for personal reasons, when in fact he was in court answering to the charges.

Cobbo narrowly edged out Bronson Xerri as the youngest Frownlow nominee. Xerri also played NRL before testing positive to performance enhancing drugs, and was just a few months older than Cobbo when he entered the Frownlow family.

While Cobbo won’t be able to drive to the awards night for The Frownlow Medal later this year, he is over 18 and allowed to partake in any of the activities offered at the wildest party of the year.

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Do professional footballers go to school?

One would be forgiven for thinking that professional footballers in Australia have never been to school, because apparently they are not prepared for life after football.

Almost every time a player is caught in a scandal and nominated for The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame, someone blames the player’s actions on the lack of preparation for life in the real world. Surely that is the purpose of school, to prepare children for life in the real world.

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 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.

So, if professional footballers have been to school, even if they finish school aged 16 or 17, why are so many of them not prepared for life after sport?

Blame the schools.

That’s not fair, because most of the footballers’ classmates avoid scandals once they enter the real world.

Blame the teachers.

Many people will, and they’re not just footballers. Australian society loves blaming teachers for all of the ills and failures of its youth, but teachers are not to blame.

Blame the players.

Perhaps the footballers themselves are to blame for their inability to cope with life after football. Many school teachers will be familiar with the following scenarios:

Young footballers don’t listen to their teachers.

They don’t study.

They don’t do their classwork.

They don’t do their homework.

They disrupt classes.

They distract their classmates.

They disobey teachers.

They swear at teachers.

Teenage football stars say they don’t have to work hard at school because they are guaranteed a career in professional football. So they don’t work at school. The future footy stars are already earning more than their teachers because they are contracted to a club’s development team and believe they don’t have to study.

Teenage football heroes are notorious for their poor attitude at school, so much so that footy legends joke about their school boy antics during commentary. England international and former NRL player James Graham recently joked about skipping school to watch State of Origin as a child in England. Perhaps the attitude and actions of teenage footballers during their school years explains why they are not prepared for life after sport.

Roger Bannister

Roger Bannister was possibly the Usain Bolt of his generation. When he broke the four minute mile he was elevated to hero status for achieving the most sought-after feat of that era. At the time, the four minute mile was equivalent to the 10-second barrier for the 100m, the 2-hour barrier for the marathon or the 6-metre barrier for Pole Vault. Bannister was a global superstar, and even though he competed before the creation of the internet, professionalism, sponsorship and social media, he was surrounded by the fame of his achievement.

What did Bannister do after retiring from Athletics?

Did he get caught drink driving, assaulting someone, abusing alcohol, selling drugs or harassing women?

No, he returned to university to complete his medical degree.

Perhaps the ‘role models’ of today could use Bannister as their own ‘role model’. They don’t have to complete a medical degree, but they could follow his lead and devote themselves to something constructive which sets them up for life, instead of blaming their club or their sport for their scandalous behaviour.

Setting themselves up for life begins at school.

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Bizarre new contract clause for professional footballers.

Professional footballers in Australia have been ordered to get a pet dog in order to protect their public image after an off-field scandal.

Footballers from the four major codes have had the clause included in their contracts in case they commit an incident which earns them a nomination for The Fronwlow Medal or The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame.

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 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.

“Australians will forgive anyone who owns a dog,” began a statement from the marketing firm contracted to oversee brand recovery across the four codes.

“Many professional footballers in Australia have a great need to repair their personal brand and this is why they will be required to buy a pet dog upon signing a contract to play first-grade in any of the four major codes.”

The branding experts explained that the pre-emptive clause assumes that every player will at some point commit a scandal that will bring themselves and their sport into disrepute.

“One needs only browse through http://www.instagram/thefrownlowmedal.com to see how many footballers commit scandals and to understand why this clause is necessary.”

The clause might surprise many Australians, until they consider the power of a photograph with a cute dog. It is seemingly impossible to advertise a product in Australia without including a dog, and the country’s most popular children’s TV series features a family of animated dogs. Australia also carries an unspoken belief that dog ownership improves people’s character and thus makes every footballer a great role model to young children.

Disgraced celebrities, sports stars and even politicians also understand the recuperative power of a photo with a pooch.

“Scott Morrison is a perfect example,” continued the PR experts, “throughout his less than stellar career as prime minister he has regularly been photographed with a pet dog, especially when his popularity falls. His opponent, Anthony Albanese, also made sure he included a dog in his photo ops during his recent isolation, proving that Aussies will forgive anyone who owns a dog.”

“If a dog can repair the brand of an Aussie politician, it will repair the brand of a footballer.”

A photo with a canine will apparently protect a footballer’s personal brand from alcohol and drug abuse, driving offences and social media gaffs, as well as racism, sexism and homophobia, and even from crimes such as assault, manslaughter, murder and sexual assault.

“It’s amazing how many Frownlow Medallists and hall of fame inductees could have been saved with nothing more than a photo with a dog.”

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Nathan Daly to star in ‘Ex on the Beach: International’

Former NRL player Nathan Daly will star in the first series of Ex on the Beach: International after becoming the subject of a nasty online exchange between multiple women throughout the world.

Daly has already been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame after being arrested for public nuisance, but was nominated for the reality TV show after producers read the enormous thread of comments about him on a website called thedirty.com.

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 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.

The extensive thread is titled ‘Stay Away From Nathan Daly Sydney’ and it includes unproven accusations that Daly is a liar, a thief, a drug addict and a con artist, who used a fake name on twitter and has deceived many women in Australia and overseas. None of the accusations have ever been proven despite claims police had opened a case against Daly.

Women on the thread accuse Daly of befriending them and using his looks and charm to win their confidence, before convincing them to pay for things or stealing their money, jewellery and possessions. The former Bronco is also accused of getting a woman pregnant and refusing to care for the child, as well as running off with the woman’s money.

Comments claim he also created conflict with his own relatives over money, and that he stole from and cheated on a woman called Yvonne Coldeweijer in The Netherlands:

Google Nathan Daly and his ex Yvonne coldeweijer. He stole from her and cheated on her several times. If you translate the articles she had him removed from the country as she was his sponser,” reads the unproven comment on thedirty.com. Further comments claim Daly was eventually deported from The Netherlands, which is also unproven.

“These accusations make Nathan perfect for a role on reality TV,” state the producers of Ex on the Beach: International “…and demonstrate exactly why so many former footballers are appearing on reality TV shows all over Australia.”

“The online thread on thedirty.com is full of vitriolic and spiteful comments attacking and defending Nathan, and even if the comments are completely untrue it doesn’t matter, they will still hook viewers and drive up our ratings.”

Producers were also excited that the accusations continued.

Women claim Daly also boasted about a prestigious role on the Australian Olympic team and exaggerated his ability as a professional footballer. The latter is clearly the most believable claim on the entire thread, as his NRL career never reached any great heights. Women are also extremely shocked and disgusted that Daly took up a position with a charity working with vulnerable children.

At the same time, many women on the thread staunchly defend Daly and strongly refute the claims of other women, and portray him as attractive, charming, honest and decent.

It’s very obvious this is a small group of scorned, unstable women who have gotten together to try and brin him down,” read one of many similar comments.

“I mean the accusations aren’t even original, it’s prettu standard for immature people to come out with the he/she is a drd crack head anyway haha.”

“Oh my god girl, get over it. Each time you post is more desperate and pathetic then the last haha. Seriously!! You got rejected by a guy, get a grip and a life. Your just a stalker. We who are all his real friends know the truth. As I said before, a bunch of scorned, crazed, obsessed and classless lunatics that can’t accept that HE DONT WANT YOU HAHA”

“Some of the comments are priceless,” explained EOTBI producers. “Even our writers couldn’t script this stuff, like this one:”

“You’re so upset I called you and the rest classless yet you went on a bogan rampage name calling and carrying on like a wild animal. Stop with the lies. If he stole from you and all these other women then the man would be in jail you stupid stupid woman. And all the crying and carrying on that he is putting women at risk by having drds and spreading them, guess what? Stop being a dirty hoe, know who your sleeping with and for the love of god take some responsibility and wear a condom. This is laughable, Nathan and my self have both laughed, you are all spiraling out of control and the stories get crazier. Death threats, unborn babies, thousands stolen , drugs, lol. He seems to be doing pretty well considering he isn’t in jail for all these alleged falsified claims. Go back to stalking another sports star that use groupies for sex. It’s clearly all any of you had been worth.”

“You could just imagine jealous contestants saying this stuff to each other behind the scenes on reality TV couldn’t you,” continued the producers.

EOTBI creators were also intrigued by a post that appears to be written by a lawyer or someone official. Someone calling themselves The Investigator wrote in 2018;

“Due to the nature of the defamatory post, We suggest this is removed in a timely manner. Your digital fingerprint and IP address is now known. After several failed attempts to contact you we will proceed with informing the board of registration of dentistry VIC of the current situation. ie- Harrassment, Stalking, Defamation.”

“If he can incite that much hatred, conflict, emotion, swearing, devotion and spite online, imagine what he can create on screen,” said producers.

The person who posted the original comments which prompted the thread on thedirty.com, at one point asks for the comments to be removed, stating:

EMAILED: Nik, as you can see from my email I am the person who wrote the comments under – Leopards don’t change their spots.

Can you please delete my comments as I now am fearing for my safety and I need these removed. Please can you do this for me?

No.- nik

It is believed network executives are considering turning the reality TV show into a soap opera, such is the drama, vitriol, emotion and controversy surrounding this one man. It might even be called ‘ The Dirty’ in honour of the website which launched Daly’s reality TV career.

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  • NOT A ONE NIGHT STANDOctober 23, 2018 at 5:34 AMill happily send you the pregnancy report abuse messages about the money he stolen from me
    twice over the course of being with him on and off for two years money from nathan himself if you like oh actually and his sister as well !!! ? don’t sit there and take away that I nearly lost my life carrying this man child and he ignored it did nothing and ran off with thousands and thousands of dollars of my money when he sick dad was dying and he knew my dad was sick and dying as well , why does his own friends Reni and will talk about him behind his back I have messages of that too if you want more proof , it wasn’t a one night stand and if nathan was getting a restraining order why hasn’t he been granted one in over a year this has been made , and you think you’re any better bashing us when I went through living hell and never even received an apology from this man ? , he was contacted numerous times from the police for the money he stole , oh not evidence enough , over 100 comments from people and we are pulling it out of our ass so he a good man for sleeping with over a hundred people and putting them in danger carrying diseases getting women knocked up and laughing in their face telling them to die WHICH I HAVE PROOF OF aS WELL ? he a good man for ignoring someone who he cries to and claimed to love WHICH I HAVE VIDEO PROOF OF also !! send me your number i’ll happy send you all the evidence and show what a dumb ass weak wanker you’re for standing up for someone who is truly evil , rasinging money for a charity and keeping the money !!! go on get the restraining order oh that’s right he can’t get one cause he a narcissistic low life who needs serious help .

BondiBeachAugust 19, 2018 at 11:27 PM

Take all your information to bondi beach police station. They currently have a case building on him.

The InvestigatorFebruary 27, 2018 at 5:45 AM

Ms Natalie Cowan,
2 Trevascus St
Caulfield South
VIC 3162.

Due to the nature of the defamatory post, We suggest this is removed in a timely manner. Your digital fingerprint and IP address is now known. After several failed attempts to contact you we will proceed with informing the board of registration of dentistry VIC of the current situation. ie- Harrassment, Stalking, Defamation.

The mystery surrounding Tui Kamikamica.

NRL player Tui Kamikamica is the most mysterious nominee for The Fronwlow Medal this year after being cleared and punished for the same incident.

Kamikamica was charged with assault occasioning bodily harm after an altercation with a female in Fortitude Valley in November 2021, and was cleared by the courts. However, the NRL issued him with a breach notice, a fine and a suspension.

The Storm player is thus eligible and ineligible for The Frownlow Medal for exactly the same incident.

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 legal system dismissed the charges in April 2022, but the NRL conducted its own investigation and alleged Kamikamica had brought the game into disrepute. He was fined $10,000 ($5,000 suspended) and stood down for 10 games. He was also required to complete “mandatory personal development and tailored rehabilitation programs with NRL Wellbeing & Education”.

The NRL based its decision on CCTV footage of the incident which allegedly shows Kamikamica in a physical altercation with a female.

So, will Kamikamica be in the running for the prestigious award when it is decided at the end of 2022?

The mystery surrounding the rampaging forward also poses another hugely important question: is he eligible for The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beater Tattoo and The Fronwlow Medal Wife Beaters Club?

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