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Footy fans lash out at NRL’s latest ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘lame’ promotion for the 2023 season

Footy fans lash out at NRL’s latest ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘lame’ promotion for the 2023 season – and accuse the league of jinxing one of the game’s biggest stars

  • NRL has opted for a left-field promotion on social media ahead of 2023 season
  • Features the likes of Tom Trbojevic, Adam Reynolds, Benji Marshall & Ben Hunt 
  • Kalyn Ponga & Josh Addo-Carr also make an appearance, fans weren’t impressed
  • Sea Eagles supporters felt promotion jinxed Trbojevic, who is injured yet again 

Footy fans have panned the NRL’s ‘cringeworthy’ and ‘lame’ promotion on social media ahead of the 2023 season.

The likes of Ben Hunt (Dragons), Adam Reynolds (Broncos), Josh Addo-Carr (Bulldogs) and Kalyn Ponga (Knights) dressed up based on their personalities – or in some cases a link to a popular TV series – as was the case with Hunt and Game of Thrones.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui’s trademark mullet was on display for the Gold Coast Titans – and Sea Eagles star Tom Trbojevic featured next to a F1 race car.

The timing was seen as a jinx by some Manly fans, after the fullback was ruled out for six to eight weeks on Thursday after MRI scans revealed a Grade Two tear in his hamstring.

Trbojevic felt his hamstring go during a routine training drill on Sydney’s northern beaches – and given his history of injuries, he initially feared the worst.

The NRL’s promo tweet on Sea Eagles star Tom Trbojevic – 24 hours later he was ruled out for eight weeks due to a hamstring tear

Dragons star Ben Hunt produced his best Game of Thrones impersonation for the NRL promotion on Twitter

Dragons star Ben Hunt produced his best Game of Thrones impersonation for the NRL promotion on Twitter

Rabbitohs - and now Broncos fans - have long viewed Adam Reynolds as a magician - and he played the part for the NRL on their social media

Rabbitohs – and now Broncos fans – have long viewed Adam Reynolds as a magician – and he played the part for the NRL on their social media

Bulldogs cult hero Josh Addo-Carr is renowned for his affable nature - and his catch cry 'let's trot'

Bulldogs cult hero Josh Addo-Carr is renowned for his affable nature – and his catch cry ‘let’s trot’

He is expected to miss the trials come February – but should be cleared to play in the season opener versus the Bulldogs on March 4 at Brookvale Oval. 

One supporter said the image of Trbojevic, 26, resembled a Ferrari because he ‘always has medical issues.’

Another was a little harsh, stating the promo was ‘corny as….Which dim wit convinced him (Trbojevic) that this would be a great thing to do?

The image of favourite son Benji Marshall next to a couple of Tigers was promoted as part of a ‘new era’ at Concord, with Tim Sheens in charge next year.

Sheens famously guided the likes of Marshall – and fellow legend Robbie Farah – to the joint venture’s only premiership in 2005.

Tino Fa'asuamaleaui's trademark mullet was on display for the Gold Coast Titans in the promo

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui’s trademark mullet was on display for the Gold Coast Titans in the promo

Knights star Kalyn Ponga also featured, and he will look to 'defend the kingdom' come early March

Knights star Kalyn Ponga also featured, and he will look to ‘defend the kingdom’ come early March

The image of favourite son Benji Marshall next to a couple of Tigers was promoted as part of a 'new era' at Concord come 2023 where he will be an assistant to Tim Sheens

The image of favourite son Benji Marshall next to a couple of Tigers was promoted as part of a ‘new era’ at Concord come 2023 where he will be an assistant to Tim Sheens

A Tigers supporter said on Twitter he ‘loved watching Benji as a player and he speaks real sense when he does interviews….. I wish him every success’, while another spoke for many when he said ‘it is great to have confidence, (they are) certainly talking the talk, now let’s see the team walk the walk.’

The NRL season kicks-off on March 2 when Parramatta tackle Melbourne at Commbank Stadium. 

Poll

What NRL player promotion do you think is best?

  • Ben Hunt 0 votes
  • Tom Trbojevic 0 votes
  • Adam Reynolds 0 votes

Penrith will be striving for a third successive title, with the last club to achieve the decorated feat being the Eels from 1981-1983.

Dating back to 1991, four teams have won back-to-back with the Broncos doing it twice (1992-1993 and 1997-1998), Sydney Roosters (2018-2019) and the Panthers (2021-2022). 

For all their dominance, Melbourne have not achieved the feat.

Panthers great Greg Alexander is confident of a three-peat, pointing to the smart recruitment of edge forwards Luke Garner and Zac Hosking, plus returning utility Tyrone Peachey.

He did acknowledge Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs) and Api Koroisau (Tigers) will be huge losses –  and expects Soni Luke and Mitch Kenny to wrestle for the number 9 jersey.

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