NRL proud to hand Dally M du­ties to League Life ladies

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SUNDAY SPORT -

FOR the first time, rugby league’s pres­ti­gious Dally M Awards wards will be hosted by fe­malee pre­sen­ters with the teamm from Fox Sports’ League Life pro­gram com­per­ing the gala black-tie pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing grand fi­nal week.k.

Lara Pitt, Yvonne Samp­son, Jes­sica Yates s and Hannah Hol­lis will l present their weekly show from the red car­pet at The Star be­fore tak­ing the stage to present the awards in an honou hon­our pre­vi­ously re­served for m male broad­cast­ers.

S Samp­son will MC the evening,ev while other m mem­bers of the League Li Life panel con­duct in­ter­view­ste and present awards.aw

TheT NRL’s head of com­mer­cial­comm Andrew Abdo said the girls had been asked to head the a awards be­cause they knew the game back­wards.

“League Life has been a rev­e­la­tion this year … and that’s be­cause the pan­el­lists are au­then­tic and know their rugby league,” he said. “So we can’t think of any­one bet­ter placed to head up the awards.

“The Dallys are more than just an awards cer­e­mony … they are a way of thanking ev­ery­one who has con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of the sea­son.

“That in­cludes the part­ners of the play­ers and peo­ple like Yvonne, Lara, Jess and Hannah who have given a new per­spec­tive to rugby league this year.

“We are an in­clu­sive game and we are al­ways look­ing for ways to at­tract even more peo­ple to fol­low rugby league, so we think the League Life team are ideal to head up the year’s big­gest awards night.”

The NRL is con­fi­dent all play­ers will at­tend de­spite ear­lier threats by the Rugby League Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion to boy­cott the an­nual event.

Fox Sports’ League Life hosts Lara Pitt, Yvonne Samp­son, Jess Yates and Hannah Hol­lis. Pic­ture: Toby Zerna

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