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The Melbourne Storm Have Dumped Their Cheerleaders

In a move that has divided fans, the Melbourne Storm has announced that they are getting rid of their cheerleaders.

The NRL side has decided to take the lead first introduced by Russell Crowe at South Sydney and replace their all-female dancing team with alternative entertainment to excite the crowd.

While Rusty originally went with the more divisive drum troop before expanding the Rabbitohs match day entertainment, the Storm will now be going for a more “gritty street crew” which will include male dancers into the routine.

The Storm have been ranked No.1 for match day experience by NRL fans for the the past six years, and they are now set to change things up, but will it wash with footy fans?

The club say the decision to scrap them is all about “staying ahead” of the pack, with the Storm holding auditions on March 1 looking for male and female hip hop, street dancers, breakers and acrobatic performers.

A number of sports have moved away from the cheerleaders in recent times with Formula 1 axing its Grid Girls.

The NBL and Big Bash League still have cheerleaders but they include male and female dancers in the group.

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