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Manly Seven let their team down, says Tom Burgess

Burgess and Rudolf have been associates for a very long time. Rudolf’s wedding ceremony current to Burgess and his spouse Tahlia on the finish of final yr was a framed photograph of himself in a pair of Budgy Smugglers.

Like Rudolf, Burgess had a powerful connection to the homosexual neighborhood when rising up, together with aunts who had been lesbians.

Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans almost scores a try on Thursday night

Manly skipper Daly Cherry-Evans nearly scores a attempt on Thursday eveningCredit score:Getty

When informed about Rudolf’s admission he had “kissed many homosexual males, kissed many straight girls and will homosexual girls”, Burgess laughed and mentioned, “that’s Toby”.

“Toby has loads of homosexual associates, and I do know plenty of homosexual individuals who love our sport and observe our sport – they love how supportive we’re,” Burgess mentioned.

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“Toby could be very snug along with his sexuality. I’m certain I’ve kissed Toby earlier than. It’s a case of being drunk and grabbing him.

“We’re not self-conscious about something. We don’t get embarrassed or care what anyone thinks. That’s a great mindset to have.

“Toby is an efficient character to have within the recreation. I’m wanting ahead to going up in opposition to him on Saturday. He’s taking part in very well and it’s nice to see. I’ll be coming for him, don’t fear.”

The furore over Manly’s rainbow jersey has made headlines across the globe, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese weighing into the talk and the storyline being discussed at the Commonwealth Games.

Whereas the membership apologised for not consulting the gamers about their plans beforehand, and the eye it took away from the NRL’s Girls in League spherical, the northern seashores membership will push forward with the identical taking part in strip subsequent yr.

It stays to be seen what sort of reception the seven Manly seven – Josh Aloiai, Jason Saab, Christian Tuipulotu, Josh Schuster, Haumole Olakau’atu, Tolutau Koula and Toafofoa Sipley – obtain from their very own followers at 4 Pines Park after they return subsequent Friday evening in opposition to Parramatta.

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