Rhys Nicholls can bet on himself.

AFL player Rhys Nicholls is free to bet on himself to win The Fronwlow Medal in 2022 despite being punished for gambling on AFL games.

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.

Nicholls was recently given a $5000 and a two-match suspension after he was caught placing bets on games in which his Gold Coast Suns were playing in 2021. The best were placed from a gambling account in his name. Nicholls did not play in the games under question, but was punished according to AFL rules. Luckily for Nicholls, no such rules exist in The Frownlow Medal, so he can place as many bets on himself as he likes.

Nicholls has been fined and suspended, and forever damaged his reputation, all for bets totalling only $256, and all of which were unsuccessful. Will he have more luck betting on himself to win The Fronwlow Medal this year?

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Jack de Belin likes to share.

NRL player Jack de Belin is famous for his love of sharing. It earned him his first Frownlow nomination and it has earned him another, after he was belatedly fined for attending Paul Vaughan’s infamous house party.

De Belin has just returned to first grade after avoiding conviction for alleged sexual assault, and has now been accused of covering up his presence at the house party which saw twelve St George Illawarra players fined and nominated for The Frownlow 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor is the most recent recipient.

After seeing almost the entire Dragons first-grade team get into trouble and earn nominations for severely breaching COVID-19 protocols, De Belin decided it was time to share in the fun and earn another nomination for himself. The former State of origin player was fined $1000 for breaching public health orders and will face further punishment from the NRL.

When media outlets first broke the story, none of them mentioned De Belin’s name. Fans assumed he had been smart enough to stay away from the controversial gathering, or that maybe he wasn’t invited – or maybe he chose to stay at home with his partner and their young child. Just hours after the initial story broke, however, De Belin was accused of attending the party and of covering it up.

De Belin and his teammates now await the punishment from the NRL, whole Dragons fans are wondering if they will have any players left to play their next game.

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Footballer punished for tackling someone.

The world has officially gone mad. A rugby league player has been punished for tackling another man. An athlete who has been trained from childhood to throw himself at other men in order to halt their forward progress has been fined and forced to miss one game, and earned himslef a nomination for The Frownlow Medal.

Victor Radley was fined $20,000 recently after he was found guilty of tackling a member of the public outside a house party in Byron Bay in December 2020.

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.

Radley was given a two-match ban but was set to miss one game anyway due to injury. Does that mean he hurt himself while tackling the man? If not, should he have been tackling a random person on the street if he was already injured? He should have checked with Tom Trobojevic before he challenged a bloke to a late-night test of physical prowess.

The Sydney Roosters forward is alleged to have headbutted and punched the man during the altercation, and to have told friends that the man came to the party uninvited and pushed a woman, but these claims have not been proven. Radley will now undertake an education and training course, as he failed to report the incident to the NRL.

Radley is famous for throwing his relatively small frame at much larger opponents, but will have to confine this behaviour to the football field from now on.

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