Hell's Belles could this be the end of NRL cheerleaders?

A petition has been posted online to save the Belles
A petition has been posted online to save the Belles

IS it time for some red-blooded male rugby league rage?

Two NRL sides are set to dump their cheerleaders in a move that could mean the beginning of the end for some old-fashioned ogling at the game.

A day after the Canterbury Bulldogs demoted their cheerleaders, the Canberra Raiders are reportedly posed to sack theirs altogether.

Raiders chief executive Don Furner told The Daily Telegraph that his club was "reviewing the club's game-day entertainment.''

"We have always had them but research among our fans indicates it might be time for a change,'' Furner said.

"It's not definite but we are reviewing our game day entertainment.'

The move has been blamed on Canberra's cold nights and the costs of paying the women.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph reported support for the Bulldog's Belles was growing  after the club abandoned their pre-game and half-time routines to focus on off-field work as ambassadors.

The online Twitter petition, called Save The Belles, stated: "We ask that you reconsider your decision and welcome our Belles back to the sidelines in 2014.

"Please restore our pride. Embrace our excellence. Save our tradition. All Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs players, staff, cheerleaders and fans are one family.''

Have cheerleaders had their day at NRL games?

This poll ended on 26 December 2013.

Current Results

Yes. It is sexist


No way. It's great fun


It depends on their moves


Don't know, don't care


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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