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Mary Konstantopoulos

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All three teams have withdrawn, Greg.

Why are NRL players STILL being shut out of the biggest decisions?

I’m sure I have written that article mushi – everyone makes poor decisions from time to time.

But given that this is a decision that impacts the players directly, I think they should at least have played a role in the discussion about it.

Why are NRL players STILL being shut out of the biggest decisions?

Little Bo Beep, you know my secret. Thank you for sharing my manhating agenda!

Lockdowns are hard for everyone, not just single footy players with an 'urge'

Bill, please feel free to name those ‘entitled female athletes’ that are still to a large extent, semi-professional…

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

James, I was thinking about Dani Stevens. I interviewed her earlier in the year – what an absolutely incredible woman!!

That's the spirit: Patty's mates celebrate at 2am as he shares flag honour with Cate

Adam, I don’t write the headline.

I write these pieces often, particularly when incidents arise at clubs. Couldn’t agree more that it’s not just the Dragons, but I wrote a couple of pieces about the Panthers last year too.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Really appreciate the feedback, Mark! You have also taught me something.

Saxby has squash sights set on Birmingham 2022

Don’t forget to hide under the car.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

It was actually on the front page of the paper when it happened… but carry on.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

I was saying that! And I wonder if any change has taken place?

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Tom, I think this is the point I am trying to get to. You can have education program on education program, but if this is not embedded into an organisation culturally, I don’t think you are going to move the dial.

I know how much training NRL players receive and on the most part, many of them are community men doing their best to be good role models.

I guess why I singled out the Dragons in this case is because of how many players were involved in this.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Agreed and to MH01’s comments below, I think there is opportunity across many sports.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Absolutely – given where men’s sport has evolved to in this country, I think we have some questions to ask about male entitled athletes.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Simon, I’m certainly not suggesting more fines etc. I’m asking if there needs to be some change at the Dragons from the top down.

Take the breaches of the health orders and NRL rules away… the lying and the cover up was a bit average too, especially when you consider past behaviours of some of these players.

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Couldn’t agree more, Andrew. Trust is the basis of all relationships – the lying and cover up was a bit average…

'Culture of entitled men': How Dragons can make this right

Mark, thanks for the feedback! Perhaps it would have been more accurate to say the pinnacle for an Australian athlete?

Saxby has squash sights set on Birmingham 2022

Hi Bunney

Let me do my best to explain this based on the information I know (and all I know has come from the media).

There are 24 central contracts. The intention was for four of those players to go to each of the six clubs.

If one of those 24 players is asked to move and refuses, she is no longer part of that 24 and is free to negotiate with other clubs.

What is unclear to me is what happens if someone refuses the top 24 offer – does another player come into the top 24? I also have no idea who the top 24 are…

Does this help?

Equalisation model proves challenging for NRLW

Ok… but if you are comfortable with players working full time and then only training two times a week, then we can’t really be critical of the competition can we?

The AFLW is constantly criticised for the quality of play – it’s interesting to me that people demand quality in circumstances where women are juggling a great many things just to play the game they love.

Equalisation model proves challenging for NRLW

I’m not sure your comparison is the same – the men are being paid a full time wage.

Equalisation model proves challenging for NRLW

The Warriors players are available – in fact some of them signed with the Gold Coast Titans earlier this week!

Equalisation model proves challenging for NRLW

I don’t think that’s quite right, Bazza. On the face of it, it looks like three new teams, but you forget that the Warriors had many Australian based players playing for them last year because of COVID. The Titans have managed to sign some of those players and the likes of Brittany Breayley.

In my view, really it’s only two new teams.

Equalisation model proves challenging for NRLW

Thanks Paul – I like to keep you all on my toes.

It’s a great point you raise and if I get the chance to speak with any of the women, particularly during Tokyo I will be sure to ask!

Tessa Lavey on the importance of female role models

Another very interesting point, Roberto. That could be another article in itself!!

No longer in survival mode, the ARLC needs a different approach

The Barry, could not agree more! Why has this all of a sudden become a priority?

No longer in survival mode, the ARLC needs a different approach

Emcie, I definitely see your point, but I guess one of the challenges is that Fox is one of the biggest players in the industry.

Independent media is great, but it’s hard financially and there is very little job security.

Fox League's decision to hire Ray Hadley is baffling

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