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NRL News | Toby Rudolf warns of interview remark

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Sharks forward Toby Rudolf will receive an official warning from the NRL over “inappropriate” comments made in a post-game interview.

Rudolf was asked on Fox League what he had planned for Sunday night after Cronulla defeated the Dragons in the first round.

“Probably around 1000 beers. Go to Northies [pub], try to shoot something. Anything will do, ”said Rudolf.

“No, honestly, it’s all about recovery these days. I’m going to go straight home, straight to the ice bath and be very, very calm.”

Andrew Abdo, chief executive of the NRL, said Rudolf’s comment to “shoot something” was an inappropriate reference to women.

“I was very disappointed with Toby’s comments, they were inappropriate and shouldn’t have been said,” Abdo told AAP.

“We’re going to send Toby a formal warning and I know the club are going to advise him so there is no repetition.

“Respect for women is one of the foundations of our society and our actors, as role models, must be leaders in this field.”

Rudolf’s offhand comment couldn’t have come at a worse time; On the eve of March 4 for women, justice events were staged across Australia in response to rape allegations that engulfed the Federal Parliament.

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