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Ponga implores NRL to add player names to jerseys


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Newcastle superstar Kalyn Ponga has put it to the NRL to add names to the back of jerseys.

The gun fullback shared an Instagram story last night of the NBA’s LaMelo Ball and Carmelo Anthony after they swapped jerseys in a recent encounter.

The 22-year-old captioned the image: “NRL put names on the back of our jerseys”, adding he wants a Roger Tuivasa-Sheck uniform before he leaves for Super Rugby next season.

Kalyn Ponga Instagram Story

Katie Brown thinks the move would benefit the NRL in generating merchandise profits.

“Even if it is a merchandising gimmick, it’s making money,” Brown said on SEN 1170 Mornings.

“I’m sure there would be so many people wanting a Kalyn Ponga jersey with his name on the back.”

Fox League’s Andrew Voss also believes the positives outweigh the negatives with the idea.

“I think there’s more pluses than minuses to it,” Voss said.

“We have it in Origin, they put the names on the jersey.

“It would be expensive in the NRL, that jersey would be exclusive to the player, but we’re a professional sport, I think we can cover it.”

Listen to Voss and Brown's chat below.

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