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When I saw the Ben Hampton selection, Les I just thought ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’.

Why I'm not sold on the Cowboys in 2020

The Barry, I always feel more comfortable when you agree with me! 😂

Message to the Cowboys…. please no more block plays.

Why I'm not sold on the Cowboys in 2020

It’s not true, IAP.

Did you read my comments above about my experience growing up.

You can’t be what you can’t see and this ad gives a lot of people the opportunity to see themselves in the new ad.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

No, I disagree with that. The Karina Brown/Vanessa Foliaki moment happened during a time in our country’s history when the marriage equality debate was happening – in fact, I would expect to see that image recreated more now that we have marriage equality. The two women were trailblazers, just like that iconic image of Erin Phillips kissing her wife at the AFLW Awards a couple of years ago.

By that reasoning Ali Brigginshaw shouldn’t be in the ad either?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

What does ‘woke’ mean?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

The players involved in ‘the kiss’ play in the NRLW? Is that not part of the NRL?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

‘People like me’.

And IAP, who are people like me?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

They publicly said it because they were asked why they weren’t singing.

Do you see the difference?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

And may I ask what indicators you have that suggest the game is dead and gone?

Literally every metric is on the rise.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

I was going to use that very example spruce – if Billy Magoulias was wearing a Greek flag would we be saying anything?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

The players only ‘sprouted’ it to the media when asked.

A couple of players have not been singing the anthem for several years. It became an issue when the media noticed that Cody Walker wasn’t singing.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

I’ve ridiculed you?

This just keeps getting better and better.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

I genuinely don’t. What is your opinion?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

Insider, incredible that you suggest we are blind to differing opinions, yet you are unable to articulate exactly how the ad makes you feel.

Just keep stomping your feet.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

John, perhaps when we have male players openly identifying as gay, then similar imagery can be included.

To date that has not happened in any sport.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

This is what Insider is referring to, the Barry.

https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nrl-premiership/nrl-2020-simply-the-best-ad-nrl-set-to-make-changes-after-backlash/news-story/22f0331c7cd5ac8d2c6d81523baecf2b

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

Could you share some of them Mango Man… I think I would really enjoy it too. 😂 😂 😂 😂

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

The Barry, as always great comment.

My understanding is that some small tweaks are being made to the ad, to ‘fix’ some of the inaccuracies I called out above.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

Eels47 I acknowledge your point of you.

One of the NRL’s key values is ‘we are inclusive’. It is one of the four beliefs that underpin the game. If that is one of the NRL’s key beliefs, why wouldn’t we showcase that in an ad?

Latrell is Indigenous – I don’t understand how him being in the ad draped in an Aboriginal flag is political or making some kind of a statement? It’s a fact.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

Funny you mention that Dogs Boddy because I don’t think there is enough Eels in the ad. 😛

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

Me too – I need that gif of Michael Jackson eating popcorn.

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

Insider, I genuinely don’t know what you’re talking about.

What is all this garbage?

How does inclusiveness hurt you?

New NRL ad is 'simply the best'

I’m actually with you, Paul.

From memory I had NAS ranked a lot higher and Fifi didn’t actually make my list…

The Roar's NRL top 50 players: 40-31

I LOVE JOEY MANU! 🙂

The Roar's NRL top 50 players: 40-31

Not at all, Walt! Really happy for some healthy debate.

I would encourage you to make a list of your own – I actually find the hardest part the back of the list. How to differentiate between the player I rank at 40 and say 41?

The Roar's NRL top 50 players: 40-31