Footy icon Andrew Johns says the NRL is too 'soft' these days

'There's too much love in the game': Footy icon Andrew Johns slams NRL players for laughing after losing and hugging opponents before matches NRL legend Andrew Johns said there is too much love between rival players He critisied players smiling and hugging rivals before a game or following a loss Johns said they should be emotionally invested in the loss and not act friendly  Many have supported Johns but others said the game has since moved on 

By Tom Place For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 12:31 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 12:31 BST, 3 May 2019

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Rugby league legend Andrew Johns believes there is 'too much love' between players in the NRL, saying the game has gone 'soft'.

Johns, 44, spoke about the rivalry between the Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm and said it was a rare example of genuine hate in in the modern day NRL.

The former Newcastle Knights star said he would never have considered being friendly with his rivals on the field during his career. 

'I see players before the game shaking hands, laughing and joking. Hang on - you're going out there to bash each other,' Johns said on Channel Nine's Immortal Behaviour TV show.

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Andrew Johns (pictured with his wife Catherine Mahoney) believes there is 'too much love' between competitors in the NRL

Andrew Johns (pictured with his wife Catherine Mahoney) believes there is 'too much love' between competitors in the NRL

'I can remember when I was playing, myself and Brad Fittler are really close. I never talked to him during the year. If I'd see him at a game, at the toss of the coin, I'd say "good luck'" and that was it. There'd be no handshakes, no pats on the backside... There's too much love in the

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