Scott Morrison hires George Burgess.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hired George Burgess to appear in a new educational video about consent. Morrison instructed his marketing team to contact Burgess after the NRL player was charged with sexually touching a person without consent.

Burgess will front the new video, which replaces the controversial ‘milkshake’ video made in 2021 to teach teenagers about consent. The acting role has also earned the Dragons player a nomination 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 NRL star Jarryd Hayne is the most recent recipient.

“The timing is perfect,” declared Morrison.

“It’s just been announced that all Aussie school kids will receive consent education in the coming years, and then a role model like George shows them all exactly what it means to allegedly touch a woman without consent.”

“As soon as I heard this I told my marketing team to get onto his agent and get him into the new video. We need a new one after the milkshake video, which, I might add, was nothing to do with me. But I’m sure George will be the perfect person to star in the new video that I’m making, and this shows how seriously I take women’s issues.”

Police allege the incident occurred early in March, and the front rower was arrested in Sydney some weeks later. He was given bail to appear in court in April.

This is the second Fronwlow nomination for Burgess. He was first nominated for Fronwlow honours in 2021 after he was involved in a road rage incident that year, and also for throwing a street sign through a car window and appearing naked on a gay porn website in 2013.

He is now one of a handful of footballers, including his brother Sam, to have been nominated for The Frownlow Medal and The Fronwlow Medal Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, brothers Tom and Luke have also received Frownlow nominations.

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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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The Frownlow Medal announces the Matt Dufty Fun Run.

The Matt Dufty Fun Run is an exciting new charity event designed to raise money for footballers and their families who were fined after Paul Vaughan’s famous house party.

The 5km event is a joint venture between The Frownlow Medal, NSW Police, the NRL and the St George Illawarra Dragons, and will be held in the streets of Shellharbour on the NSW South Coast on Saturday, July 10.

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.

Dufty himself will headline the family-friendly event which takes runners through the same streets he used to escape police when they were called to the illegal party. NSW Police officers will also be on hand to chase runners and add another exciting element to the race.

“It’s tougher than Tough Mudder and more fun than a Colour Run,” said Dufty.

“You get to sprint through unclosed streets, between cars and past people stuck in their homes. Plus, you get chased by police so it’s a great way to run a PB. It was the quickest 5k I’ve ever run.”

Another unique aspect of the fun run is its starting time.

“The race starts about 9.30pm, because it’s easier to escape the cops in the dark – or at least I thought it would be. Any runner who gets caught by the cops gets disqualified, and the first runner to get to my house is the winner,” Dufty explained.

Parents are encouraged to bring their children to meet their heroes and role models. Also participating in the race will be Jack de Belin, Jack Bird, Josh McGuire, Tyrell Fuimaono, Zac Lomax, Josh Kerr, Gerard Beale, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro and 2016 Frownlow Medallist Corey Norman.

“It’ll be a good hit-out for the boys, especially since we all have to miss one game through suspension,” Dufty said.

The mass suspension of players adds another surprise element to the event.

“We won’t give any prize money to the winners, because all the money has to go to the players and their families. But place getters in the open category will be offered short-term contracts to play with the Dragons so that we can actually field a team for the next few rounds,” explained a spokesperson for the Dragons.

The $1000 Entry fee to the charity event is tax deductible and will be donated to the 13 players at the party, some of whom have young families to support. Most of the proceeds will go to Vaughan, who lost his $800,000 contract and might never play first-grade football again. The remaining funds will be divided up among the other players according to how much they were fined.

The Matt Dufty Fun Run will be broadcast live on Fox Sports. For entry details, contact the St George-Illawarra Dragons or the NRL.

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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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Paul’s Party shakes up The Frownlow Medal.

Paul Vaughan’s house party has created 11 new nominees for The Frownlow Medal in 2021. Vaughan’s Dragons teammates have been nominated after they breached NRL COVID protocols and could face huge fines and severe punishment.

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.

Matt Dufty, Zac Lomax, Kaide Ellis, Blake Lawrie, Daniel Alvaro, Gerard Beale, Josh Maguire and Josh Kerr earn their first nominations, while Frownlow judges are already familiar with Jack Bird, Tyrell Fuimaono and Corey Norman. All of the players attended a party at Vaughan’s house in Shellharbour, NSW, after St George Illawarra narrowly beat the Warriors. Players are not supposed to have guests at their house, in line with Greater Sydney COVID restrictions, and the players breached restrictions imposed by the government and the NRL itself. The players were caught out when neighbour’s called police with a noise complaint.

Media reports have also revealed that seven of the players fled down the street when the police arrived to investigate. The impromptu sprint session has earned more condemnation from fans and commentators.

All of the players have reportedly been issued with a standard $1000 fine, but the NRL is considering its own punishment for an act that could cost the players substantial fines, isolation, suspensions, time away from training and possibly competition points for the Dragons, who currently sit at 7th on the ladder.

Norman is the 2016 Frownlow medallist and is a serial nominee. He earned nominations in 2016, 2018, 2019 and earlier in 2021, when he got involved in a street fight outside Northies in Cronulla. Norman runs a clothing brand with fellow nominee James Segeyaro. It is called You Know the Rules. It seems he doesn’t.

Meanwhile, Vaughan was also nominated in 2020, for a COVID breach.

The coming days will reveal the extent of the punishment for the Dragons players and the club. At least the 12 partygoers have had a good warm up for the awards night for The Frownlow Medal and The Frownlow Medal Hall of Fame to be held later this year.

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Paul Vaughan is ‘The Whale’.

NRL player Paul Vaughan will now be known as ‘The Whale’.

Why?

Because he’s always breaching.

What’s more, his Shellharbour neighbours now have another whale to spot along the Illawarra coastline.

Ok, yes, it’s a Dad joke, but hey, it’s lockdown, everyone’s going a bit crazy and it’s still not as bad as hosting a house party with your teammates in the middle of a pandemic which could shut down the NRL. The party has earned Vaughan his second nomination for The Frownlow Medal and could result in severe punishment for his St George-Illawarra teammates and possibly the club.

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 house party was apparently attended by as many as 15 Dragons players and was thrown after players and staff were all given very strict instructions about socialising and personal movement outside of training and competition. Authorities found out about the party after neighbours apparently filed a noise complaint. News outlets are suggesting that the breach could force the NRL competition to stop, or at least destroy the Dragons’ season.

Vaughan earned his first Frownlow nomination in 2020, for a COVID breach. On that occasion, he signed into a cafe under a false name and was fined $10,000.

The prop will soon find out his punishment for this latest blunder, and whether the Dragons will be able to field a team when they play their next game in a fortnight. Meanwhile, he has offered his Shellharbour home as the venue for the Frownlow awards night later this year.

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