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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Ethan Lowe to return to the NRL.

Former NRL player Ethan Lowe is set to return to TV screens during sports matches as the face of a sports betting company. Lowe is currently in negotiations with various companies who have not forgotten his role in a betting scandal involving NRL games.

Lowe was one of five players stood down for two matches in 2017 for gambling on games involving their clubs but which they did not play, and this has earned him a nomination for The Frownlow 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 AFL player Elijah Taylor 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 former Queensland Origin player joins a host of former footballers who endorse one of the millions of gambling companies which swamp sports telecasts with their advertisements. Lowe was not able to land a gig as a commentator on TV or radio when he hung up the boots, so he chose the only other post-football career path and made himself available to a gambling company.

Betting companies are apparently interested in using him as an ambassador because he proved that he would do anything to place a bet, even gambling on games involving his own team, and even threatening his own career by breaching NRL betting rules.

“That’s commitment to the punt,” one company remarked.

“We want all of our clients and potential clients to have that same commitment. Forget about your bills, forget about your partners, forget about your kids and forget about your savings, just get on the punt. Bet on NRL, AFL, any footy code, any sport, just get on it. Bet on your phone, on your computer. Do it at home, at work, at the game, anywhere, anytime – but always remember to gamble responsibly.”

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Slade Griffin asks Harry Potter to propel him into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

NRL player Slade Griffin has enlisted the help of everyone’s favourite magician, Harry Potter, to cast a spell on judges and ensure that he is inducted into The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame. Griffin, whose name sounds like it has been lifted directly from the pages of the popular novel, earned his nomination after being found guilty of betting on NRL 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 and AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.

Griffin apparently tried to cast a spell on the judges himself, but without the power of the chosen one, his spell proved ineffectual. As a result, he asked Harry to cast the spell, and in return, Griffin promised Harry that his portrait in the hall of fame will come to life when people walk past it, just like the ones at Hogwarts.

Griffin will find out later in the year if the spell has been successful.

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Do you know Cody Nelson?

Former NRL player Cody Nelson is not a household name. He never reached great heights on the field, and will be remembered more for gambling on NRL games and earning a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Nelson received a two-match suspension from the NRL in 2014 after being found guilty of placing bets on NRL games. He was one of a number of players to be found guilty of the offence in the same period.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.

Nelson rubbed shoulers with some of the greats of the game during his playing career, and he will be reunited with some of the biggest names in football when he attends the awards night for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame later this year.

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Hymel Hunt follows his cousins to a nomination for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame.

Hymel Hunt has been nominated for The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame for betting on NRL matches, and in doing so joined two of his cousins who have won Frownlow honours.

Hunt was suspended for two matches by the NRL in 2014 after being found guilty of betting on NRL games, and his nomination sees him join cousins Kirisome Auva’a and 2018 Frownlow medallist Karmichael Hunt in the Frownlow family.

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 AFL player Elijah Taylor 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.

Hunt will be hoping that his suspension is enough to earn him a place in The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame, especially if it gives him bragging rights at the next family BBQ.

To find out about the actions that earned Auva’a and Karmichael their Frownlow honours, go to http://www.instagram.com/thefrownlowmedal.

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