NRL issue warning to Cronulla forward Toby Rudolf for sexist comments made on live TV

The NRL has issued a formal warning to Cronulla forward Toby Rudolf for his sexist comments made on live television on Sunday night.
A post-match interview with Fox Sports has gone viral for Rudolf's candid responses, in which he spoke about having "1000 beers" after the Sharks' 32-18 win over St George Illawarra.

However, the funny moment took a turn when the Sharks lock said he would: "Go to Northies, try and pull something anything will do".

On Tuesday morning NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo told AAP he was "very disappointed" in Rudolf's comments and sent a formal warning letter to the club.

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"I was very disappointed with Toby's comments, they were inappropriate and should not have been said," Abdo told AAP.

"We are going to issue Toby with a formal warning and I know the club are going to counsel him so there is not a repeat.

"Respect for women is one of the foundations of our society and our players, as role models, need to be leaders in this area."

The interview was published across various media outlets and social media on Sunday night and Monday, prompting the NRL and Cronulla to act.

While players showing their personality in interviews is considered good promotion for the game, the NRL has drawn the line at degrading comments towards women.

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It is understood the Sharks were also concerned by Rudolf's comments with chief executive Dino Mezzatesta speaking to the 25-year-old on Monday.

Additional education is set to be offered and the club have been contacted for comment.

The NRL's swift action follows their recent reinforcement of the importance of respect for women and tougher penalties for players found to have committed acts of violence against women.


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