The RFL have revealed that Kelsey Gentles’ tackle against Australia in the Nines World Cup was the most viewed clip of any sporting body in the UK in 2020.
A clip of the tackle went viral on Facebook, amassing an incredible tally of more than 34.5 million views.
The RFL’s research also suggests Kelsey’s never-say-die effort, when she ran the length of the field to pull down a rampaging Tiana Penitani, may have been the most-viewed clip of any female athlete globally in 2020 (discounting WWE).
“It’s crazy to think that the tackle has been seen so many times by so many people across the world,” said Gentles.
“At the time I was just trying to make the tackle for my team and country, but to find out it has been so popular afterwards is a nice surprise.
“It is brilliant that Women’s Rugby League is gaining this level of traction online and it really emphasises how much the sport has grown over the last few years and the potential it has to continue even further.”
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💪 #EnglandRL Women’s @kelsg101 certainly didn’t during the 2019 World Nines – and her amazing tackle was the most watched clip of a sport’s national governing body from the UK on @Facebook in 2020 with over 34m views!
— England Rugby League (@England_RL) January 13, 2021