Traditional Dally M night scrapped by NRL

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The NRL has overhauled the Dally M Awards ceremonial successful the aftermath of the COVID-19 restrictions astir the country.

With players dispersed astir the nation, including those successful Queensland whose teams stay successful contention for the NRL premiership, the accepted awards ceremonial would person been intolerable to host.

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Instead, 2 peculiar events volition culminate successful an awards ceremonial connected Monday, September 27, wherever the victor of the Dally M Medal volition beryllium announced, on with different large awards specified arsenic the Team of the Year.

A week earlier, a made-for-TV lawsuit volition crown a fig of grant winners, providing greater spotlight for the supporting awards, which are traditionally overshadowed by the Dally M Medal itself.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the 2 events would supply the crippled with a unsocial accidental to observe the champion performances successful 2021.

"The Dally M Awards showcase the exceptional performances of the play and this twelvemonth we tin observe the achievements of our players and officials crossed 2 events,'' helium said.

"With the full contention relocated to Queensland successful 2021, it was important to deliberation otherwise for our awards this year.

"We person a caller format and the archetypal ever Dally M lawsuit successful Queensland, up of the archetypal ever expansive last successful Brisbane.

"The caller format volition let immoderate players and guests successful Brisbane to acquisition the gala evening successful idiosyncratic portion Fox Sports volition guarantee a state-of-the creation acquisition for players and officials who person returned home."

Jack Wighton of the Canberra Raiders poses aft winning the Dally M Medal pursuing the Dally M Awards astatine Fox Sports Studios connected October 19, 2020. (Getty)

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said hosting the Dally M Awards successful Brisbane was a large coup for Queensland.

"Thousands of viewers tune successful to the Dally Ms each and each year. Hosting these awards present successful Brisbane volition make large vulnerability for Queensland,'' she said.

"This is lone imaginable acknowledgment to the mode Queenslanders person responded to the pandemic.

"We'll proceed to enactment hard to unafraid large events that enactment section jobs and assistance businesses to physique backmost better."

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