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Elliott, Woolford get death threats

21/09/2003 06:04:32 AM Comments (0)

Canberra coach Matthew Elliott and captain Simon Woolford were shadowed by extra security at tonight's National Rugby League semifinal after receiving death threats.

Nobody from the Canberra camp would comment on the threats, however, the NRL confirmed threats had been made and security had been provided for both men.

It's understood the pair have been receiving threats for three weeks, ever since the club's round 25 win over the Bulldogs.

"We were aware that there were some crank threats made during the week," NRL chief operating officer Graham Annesley said.

"We provided some additional security, very low key.

"There was no problem.

"It's not unusual for this sort of thing to happen and we usually deal with them behind the scenes.

"It was a standard procedure for us. It's not unusual around major events to have crank calls. "

A security guard escorted both Elliott and Woolford to the press conference, where neither man would comment on the threats.

The security guard spent the entire match in the players' tunnel as the Raiders were bundled out of the finals series by the New Zealand Warriors in a thrilling match at Aussie Stadium, losing 17-16.

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