Even Buford Balony has named himself Ennis

Players who vote in the annual Rugby League Week players’ poll should be forced to name themselves, says Canterbury-Bankstown hooker Michael Ennis.

After being voted rugby league’s biggest grub for the second consecutive NRL season, with 51 per cent of the vote, Ennis said “there’s no hiding behind the fact that I compete the way I do.”

“Grub’s a strong word,” but “each to their own I suppose”.

However, the injured Canterbury-Bankstown hooker said if players were going to participate in the controversial poll – which has seen a rise in players voting no comment – they should be required to reveal their identity.

“If they want to do a fair dinkum poll, people want to know what the Darren Lockyers and what the Johnathan Thurstons think of people,” he said.

“Do it that way.

“I’m not too fussed by it to be honest.

“I’m not going to look like it bothers me a lot.”

Ennis also questioned another damning revelation from the poll, in which ladder leaders Melbourne Storm were adjudged the dirtiest team in the league – garnering 49 per cent of the vote.

“I see it as a compliment,” he said.

“A lot of people who have made those comments in that regard is probably a touch of jealousy.

“Everyone knows how good Melbourne Storm are defensively.

“Whilst at times they really do slow the game down, I think a lot of people envy what they do and in a sense what they get away with.”

Buford Balony says: You are the biggest grub, and I’ve named myself Ennis, Buford Balony.


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