NRLW player Julia Robinson calls out troll over 'disgusting' comment

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A 50-50 image shows Julia Robinson playing for the Broncos on the left, and a screenshot showing troll comments on the right.
NRLW star Julia Robinson had no problem exposing the childish comments directed at her on the Brisbane Broncos page on Facebook this week. Pictures: Getty Images/Instagram

NRLW star Julia Robinson has cooly exposed the idiocy of trolls discussing on her apprearance on social media, after the Brisbane Broncos page was beset by moronic comments earlier this week.

The likes of former NRL star Jamie Soward and many other fans were quick to condemn the childish comments, but it was Robinson herself who offered the most damning put-down of all.

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A photo of Robinson from Broncos training, in which she was wearing a singlet, attracted several suggestions that her muscular physique resembled a man's.

The eye-roll-worthy comments were given all they deserved by Robinson, who shared screenshots of them along with the photo that attracted their attention in the first place on her own Instagram page.

There, Robinson said nobody could make her ashamed of the hours spent dedicated to getting the best shape she could for the NRLW season.

“I never usually read social media comments, or let them affect me,” she wrote.

“However I just wanted to say that no one should be ashamed or self-conscious to have muscles.

“It shows dedication and hard work. I love my muscles.

“Julia xoxo.”

The 24-year-old earned plenty of support from the rugby league world as a result.

The Broncos released a firm statement backing their premiership winger, but they weren't alone.

Soward suggested those taking potshots at Robinson should meet her on the field and find out how funny they really were.

“Absolutely disgusting behaviour from those people. I marvel at the athleticism my NRLW girls have and proud of all female athletes," he wrote.

"Those people should have to run at #julia and see if they have anything to say.”

Rugby league world stands up against Julia Robinson abuse

In their statement, the Broncos said comments like those highlighted by Robinson did nothing but show the ignorance of those behind the keyboard.

“Julia is one of the hardest workers in both our men’s and women’s program, and her consistently elite performances on the field reflect the effort she puts into her training and preparation," the Broncos said.

“That’s not to mention the widespread work she does in the community, and the inspiration she gives to young athletes, both boys and girls.

“Surely our society has moved beyond athletes and role models like Julia being belittled for a photo that showcases everything that is great about our sport."

Robinson also had support from NRL journalist Brad Walter, who described the comments as 'disgusting'.

“This is disgusting behaviour and I don’t think you should have protected those trolls by covering up their Twitter names,” he wrote.

Julia Robinson runs into the Sydney Roosters defence during an NRLW match.
The rugby league world has thrown their support behind Julia Robinson after her cool-headed response to idiotic comments online. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Robinson made her debut for the Broncos in the inaugural NRLW season back in 2018.

She has also played for Queensland and Australia.

The NRLW is set to expand in 2023, with the Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers, North Queensland Cowboys and Cronulla Sharks all set to join the competition next season.

“The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has approved the addition of four new teams to an expanded NRL Telstra Women’s Premiership competition from 2023,” the NRL said in a statement earlier this year.

“The additional teams will ensure that the NRLW competition is represented from Townsville in far-north Queensland to Canberra, with three Clubs in Queensland, six in NSW and one in the ACT.”

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