NRL chief commercial officer Andrew Abdo has today described the securing of Iggy Azalea and Russell Crowe as pre-match entertainment for the grand final as a real win for the code.

“We are excited to showcase this fusion of hot hit music live for our fans,” Abdo said.

“Our grand final entertainment will once again ensure that the biggest match of the season is a spectacular event not to be missed.”

This comes after Grammy-award-winning Seattle-based-caucasian-hip-hop artist Macklemore pulls out as headline act for the 2017 NRL grand final pre-game show.

The US artist was planned to perform his chart-topping hit ‘Glorious’ at ANZ Stadium on October 1, along with a number of his other hits – as the NRL cut an amazing deal with his promoters to get the obscure whiteboy rapper locked in to play to the predominantly working-class Australian rugby league audience.

However, due to a clash of schedules, the event organisers have had to seek out another equally obscure white rapper, and who better than the self-confessed “Titans die-hard” Iggy Azalea.

Azalea is reportedly ‘stoked’ to join Russell Crowe’s iconic Thirty Odd Foot Of Grunts on stage.

“It’s great to be up their with someone who isn’t cross-promoting another Channel 9 talent show” she says.

“TOFOG is the greatest Aussie rock band of all time, and I’m the greatest Aussie rapper of all time – so it’ll be great”

“I guess they got Rusty for free because he’s a club owner, so that way they could afford the extra 19k to book me”

“I’m gonna try so hard not to be racist”

Local NRL fan, Bazza, says he didn’t know Russell was in a band, and he doesn’t know who Itchy Avatar is, but anything has got to be better than Ricky Martin in the white leather chaps.

“Please. No more Madden brothers either” he said.



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