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Fox League pundit Michael Ennis and Raiders coach Ricky Stuart have a history of swapping barbs.

Although it was just good-natured banter, Stuart took the opportunity to get one back on the former Sharks premiership winner during a chat in the locker room ahead of his team’s clash. against the Raiders.

“No, I’ll be upstairs Michael,” Stuart said with a laugh.

“Good luck buddy,” Ennis said, reaching out to shake hands.

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Stuart then hilariously grabs Ennis’ hand, pulling him closer to deliver a Tzsyu-like shorthand punch to his ribs before quickly patting him on the cheek.

“We need this in slow motion,” shouts a viewer in the background.

Ennis couldn’t help but burst out laughing, clearly hitting Stuart with a subtle dig inciting the combo.

Stuart and Ennis have never shied away from an on-air stoush and in 2020 the cheeky rake asked the legendary halfback a curious question in a Super Saturday pre-game interview.

“Ricky, you’ve got the winter coat sticking out of the collar over there mate,” Ennis joked.


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Ricky Stuart slaps Michael Ennis in a pregame interview.Source: FOX SPORTS

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Stuart smiled before hitting back, “You’re a *** head, Mick”.

At the time, Ennis was working as an assistant coach for the Raiders and the pair are good friends with a clear love-hate relationship.

Now, Ennis has left the nation’s capital to take on a role on Brad Arthur’s coaching staff as a consultant.

We’ve yet to see any on-air banter between the two, but with Ennis’ track record, it can’t be far off.

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