Panthers star Apisai Koroisau is the subject of a probe from the NRL for a COVID-19 breach after allegations that he snuck a woman into the NSW Blues’ bubble during the recently-concluded State of Origin series.
New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) was unaware of the incident until Thursday, but immediately reported it to the NRL after being notified.
“As soon as we were made aware of the allegations, we immediately referred them to the NRL,” NSWRL boss Dave Trodden told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“The NRL are investigating at the moment. We are providing whatever co-operation is required to the NRL so that they can satisfactorily complete their investigations.”
According to 9News Sydney’s Danny Weidler, Penrith was also made aware of the impending investigation into Koroisau’s actions by the NRL “late” on Thursday.
Koroisau is alleged to have snuck a woman into the Blues’ biosecure bubble on two separate occasions, with the second coming on the day of Game Two on June 27.
The 28-year-old was the 18th man for Brad Fittler’s side in the opening two matches of the series before making his State of Origin debut in the 20-18 Origin III loss on the Gold Coast, where he scored a try.
The investigation into Koroisau will be of particular interest to Queensland’s State of Origin camp, after Maroons player Jai Arrow was suspended for a similar incident.
Arrow was hit with a two-match ban as well as a $35,000 fine for bringing a woman into Queensland’s hotel, the Sheraton Grand Mirage.
Along with the NRL’s sanctions, Queensland Rugby League has also weighed up its own set of sanctions for the Souths star, including the prospect of being banned from next year’s State of Origin series.
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