Rugby league players aren’t often known for their fashion sense, but one player has made it his mission to change that at tonight’s Dally Ms.
Addin Fonua-Blake showed up rocking an intricately detailed gold shirt, an outfit reminiscent of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s now-famous wrestling fits.
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Interviewed on the red carpet by Josh Mansour, Fonua-Blake played down any particular forethought having gone into the outfit, describing it as “just a Versace shirt”.
Fonua-Blake’s outfit sent NRL fans into a spin, with the NRL Roast saying on social media it looked like he was “about to drop the hottest wrestling promo of 2023 at the Dally Ms tonight.”
Fonua-Blake wasn’t the only NRL player to turn heads on the red carpet, with David Fifita mocked for his downright strange sartorial choices.
The Titans second-rower rocked a tuxedo with contrast black buttons, but opting for a waistcoat underneath in lieu of the traditional cummerbund was not his only weird call.
Fifita went with white sneakers and no bow-tie, leaving his collar undone in an unusual ensemble that copped it on social media.
One fan account got stuck in: “When you’re six years old, rocking a suit at family wedding and all the aunties and grandmas tell you that you are so cute and handsome.”
The Courier-Mail posted a photo of Fifita with the caption: “You can’t teach style!”
It came as the NRL courted controversy early in the night, with St George Illawarra’s Mathew Feagai a surprise winner of the NRL’s Try of the Year for his matchwinning effort against the Roosters in Round 12.
It was thought Newcastle flyer Dominic Young was a certainty to take out the award for his gravity-defying try in the corner against the Dragons in round 27.
One fan wrote on X: “How is that try of the year? I’ve seen better tries every week. Dom Young had the best try.”
Another simply said: “Dom Young robbed.”
One disgruntled fan wrote: “This was just luck with a jaxson paulo assist. Dom young robbed so bad.”
Another said: “Dom Young’s try is probably the best finish there’s ever been but doesn’t win try of the year??”