Julia Robinson targeted by more vile abuse after Dally M appearance

Julia Robinson, pictured here at the Dally M awards.
Julia Robinson was the target of more vile trolling after her appearance at the Dally M awards. Image: Getty

NRLW player Julia Robinson has revealed she's been the victim of more vile social media comments over the outfit she wore to the recent Dally M awards.

The Brisbane Broncos player was the target of some cruel online trolling in August over a photo of her during a training session.

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A post with the photo of Robinson wearing a singlet was overrun with comments about how her muscular physique resembles that of a man.

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

“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."

Robinson was widely praised for her response to the disgusting comments, with messages of support flooding in from around the sporting world.

But the 24-year-old has now revealed how the exact same thing happened after her appearance at the Dally M awards.

“It just hurts. It’s happened twice now," Robinson told NCA Newswire.

Julia Robinson, pictured here on the red carpet at the 2022 Dally M awards.
Julia Robinson on the red carpet at the 2022 Dally M awards. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)

“It hurts because I feel like I’m a nice person and I know that I’d never say anything bad to someone else. It hurts because no one likes to be called names or called mean things.

“It’s sad to know that it’s still happening in today’s society, where strong women have to be criticised and some people find it horrible to see a girl with muscles.

“That shouldn’t be a bad thing, and that’s why I said in my first post that it just shows my hard work and dedication. Without that, I wouldn’t be here today.

“It should be acknowledged a lot more - how good it is to see women being fit and healthy.”

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Dragons NRLW coach and former player Jamie Soward was among the many to slam the negative comments.

“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.”

The Broncos also released a statement in support of their star winger.

“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 club 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 made her debut for the Broncos in the inaugural NRLW season in 2018, scoring five tries in 12 games.

She has also played women's State of Origin for Queensland and represented Australia.

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