Julia beats trolls with help from friends

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Brisbane winger Julia Robinson has been inspired by the "amazing" support she has received after social media trolls criticised her physique.

A picture of the 24-year-old training on the Broncos Facebook page attracted the abuse, but Robinson soon put the culprits in their place and spoke on Instagram of how proud she was of her physical prowess.

The three-time NRLW premiership winner has shown great poise and strength of character ever since and has been buoyed by responses.

"I don't read into social media too much but I put on my (Instagram) post that no-one should be ashamed of their body and no-one should be able to say what someone else should look like either," Robinson told AAP.

"I am just so grateful for all of the support I received on social media from everyone. The Broncos have been very supportive. They always are.

"I had some amazing athletes message me as well. (Olympic swimmer) Libby Trickett did her big post which was incredible because she was such an amazing athlete herself. She said that she had dealt with people calling her names about her muscles in her swimming days.

"It is such an important topic to get the message across."

Robinson has worked hard to turn herself from a novice four years ago into one of the game's most damaging runners. That has been on the back of hard work off the field, which she makes no apologies for.

"If people want good, quality footy then we have to be strong and fit and fast. We can't go out and play without getting strong in the gym," she said.

"The quality of the NRLW is getting better because the quality of the athletes coming through is incredible.

"We have seen the Aussie sevens rugby girls transition to the NRLW and perform so well because they have come from an elite program of being able to train full-time."

The Broncos have lost both their opening games of the NRLW season and face the Gold Coast at Redcliffe on Saturday desperate for a win.

"As a Broncos team we have never been in this position before with two losses in a row to start our season and it kind of sucks being on the other end of the stick," Robinson said.

"We saw what happened last season with the Roosters. They lost their first two games, came back and made the semis and then won the grand final.

"We've had a few new girls come into the side and we are still building combinations, but I have every confidence in our team that we can get the job done."

The Titans have also lost their opening two matches.

"It is going to be physical and tough," Robinson said.

"We play with some of their girls in State of Origin and with and against them in our local Brisbane comp, so it is a friendly rivalry as well."

Robinson has been impressive despite Brisbane's two losses. She scored two tries in the 32-14 defeat to Newcastle and ran for 201m in the 28-8 loss to Sydney Roosters.

"I love doing the big hard carries. That is my job as a winger," she said.