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Brown and Barrett settle slapping incident

By Brent Read 15/04/2003 06:37:37 PM Comments (0)

St George Illawarra coach Nathan Brown has apologised to the entire Dragons squad for his slap of captain Trent Barrett, hoping to finally end the saga which has rocked the National Rugby League club.

Brown addressed the players this morning, with one squad member lightening the mood by putting on a face mask as the under-siege coach began his speech.

Barrett also spoke to the players and assured them he had put the issue behind him.

The Dragons, and in particular Brown, have been under pressure since the rookie coach slapped Barrett across the face during Sunday's game against Manly at WIN Stadium.

Centre Mark Gasnier and injured prop Jason Ryles confirmed the matter had been put to bed following the meeting.

"He sat us all down and said it won't happen again," Ryles said.

"Browny's had a talk with us all and internally we're sweet."

The Dragons trained before Brown announced his team for Saturday's game against the Bulldogs, which included three changes to the side which lost to the Sea Eagles.

Test centre Shaun Timmins was brought into the starting side at lock for John Cross while prop Chris Leikvoll and utility back Damien Bower were given places on the bench.

Dragons coaching consultant Laurie Daley said he was confident the players would be able to put a turbulent week behind them with a good performance against the `Dogs.

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