BLAKE Ferguson and Josh Dugan have been revealed as the two players busted drinking just days before NSW lost Origin III last week.
Media outlets — including The Daily Telegraph — are reporting the two Blues backs were dobbed in by locals for a drinking session at the Lennox Point Hotel in the lead-up to the series decider in Brisbane.
The pair famously posed for an Instagram photo drinking Bacardi Breezers on a Canberra rooftop while playing for the Raiders.
The one-time NRL “bad boys” were witnessed drinking at the pub, which is said to be about an hour’s drive from where NSW made camp.
NSW Rugby League chief executive Dave Trodden said the issue had been raised with Blues staff.
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“I’d heard the rumours. We do a review of all these things in the immediate wash-up of all Origin campaigns and I’ll be asking questions about it,” Trodden said.
Andrew Johns has all but ruled himself out of the NSW coaching role, and now brother Matty has denied his interest as well.
Matty Johns was asked on NRL 360 whether he would take the job if asked by the Blues to replace Laurie Daley.
“I do breakfast radio, 6am to 9am ... and then I’ve got two nights a week here at Fox Sports.
NRL 360 co-host Paul Kent has revealed a blow-up from Andrew Fifita about being told to start on the bench in Origin III angered some NSW veterans.
Fifita was allegedly told by coach Laurie Daley he would be moved to starting prop to the bench for the series decider, replaced by David Klemmer.
But Fifita is said to have complained about the switch and changed Daley’s mind.
“I got a tip of on Friday that Laurie had made a tactical decision to replace Andrew Fifita in the starting line-up with David Klemmer,” Kent said.
“Laurie called Klemmer aside, said you’re going to start but keep it to yourself ... later in the camp Laurie called Fifita aside and told him what he was doing, that he was coming off the bench.
“He protested, strongly, and Laurie said OK and basically backflipped and said you can start.
“It appears some of the senior NSW players saw it as a smart tactical ploy, I believe Queensland was under the impression they anticipated Fifita coming off the bench because it was the smartest play.
“Then I think some of the senior Blues players felt that Laurie had been undermined, that the team tactic they thought was the best chance of giving them a win was undermined to serve Andrew Fifita.”
When the Sydney Roosters utility receives a text, it’s usually a sign he can continue about his day.
A call, on the other hand, could herald a dash to hospital to help his heavily pregnant wife Laura through labour.
“We’re expecting our first child any minute now so the phone is on,” Aubusson said.
“I just got a text about the veggies tonight for dinner, but if it’s a phone call I’ll be racing.
Should the couple’s new arrival stay put before the due date next Monday, Laura will be at Allianz Stadium on Friday night to watch her husband play Newcastle.
Fittingly, her name will be emblazoned on Aubusson’s jersey as part of the NRL’s women in league round, when each player acknowledges the most influential woman in their life on their matchday strip.
Wests Tigers have brought back favourite son Brett Hodgson as an assistant coach.
The 2005 premiership winner will return home to act as assistant to Ivan Cleary next year, having signed a two-year contract.