The NRL has confirmed this year’s Dally M Awards will go ahead as a made-for-television event on Monday, October 19.
The Australian Rugby League Commission has approved the Dally M Awards to continue as a special television event on Fox League with Award winners to attend a live broadcast studio event at Fox Sports.
The game’s COVID-19 biosecurity protocols will apply to the broadcast to ensure the health and safety of all players and officials. Clubs impacted by border restrictions will have a live cross facilitated during the broadcast.
For the first time, the Dally M Team of the Year will be a full 13-man team covering all positions on the field.
NRL Chief Executive Andrew Abdo said that it was important to keep the tradition of the special awards night for players, even in a disrupted and challenging year.
“This year’s Dally Ms will be unique and a special celebration for players who have had exceptional seasons in an exceptionally challenging season. The innovative plans Fox Sports have developed to present this year’s awards will add another dimension for fans. The awards show will be a fitting tribute to the individuals that made the 2020 season compelling entertainment for all of us.’’ he said.
Mr Abdo said this year’s winners will be among the most deserving in the game.
“This year has been the toughest year in the game’s history to be a player. Our players have been disciplined within their respective biosecurity bubbles and have had to fly long distances on game day before playing. Our winners this year will be among the most deserving in the history of the Dally M Awards,’’ he said.
“COVID and biosecurity protocol restrictions have meant the evening cannot proceed as a traditional gala dinner, but we have worked together to create a unique way to celebrate the awards with fans and ensure our players are honoured in a way they deserve.”
Mr Abdo said naming a full team as Dally M Team of the Year was an exciting innovation.
“This year we will name a whole side, from number one through to 13. It will give our fans the chance to see on paper what the very best NRL team would look like. We’ve never seen this before. There will be plenty of discussion and debate among our fans on comparing their selections which is a positive. Origin and Test Matches all have selection restrictions, this team will be the best possible in each and every position from 1 to 13,’’ he said.
The Dally M Awards will be held at 7.30pm on Monday, October 19 on Fox League. NRL 360 will host a special Dally M edition prior to the broadcast, which will also include the announcement of some categories.