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NSW in disarray before Origin

By Brent Read 24/05/2004 09:41:22 PM Comments (0)

Two days out from the biggest game of the rugby league season NSW is still dealing with the damaging effects of the game's latest sex scandal.

Queensland's greatest concern is complacency.

The two camps couldn't be more at odds, with Blues players admitting their preparations had been disjointed and disrupted.

On another day of drama for the Blues:

* Halfback Craig Gower and prop Mark O'Meley officially appealed their $3,000 fines for "unprofessional behaviour", claiming they had done nothing wrong;

* Gower demanded an apology from John Chalk over remarks the NSWRL board member;

* Willie Mason's mother said she was ready to ask her son to give the game away;

* Sydney Roosters pair Anthony Minichiello and Craig Wing were stood down for the club's next game against the New Zealand Warriors for breaching the club's code;

* Sydney Roosters coach and former NSW halfback Ricky Stuart claimed rugby league had a binge drinking problem and called on Anthony Minichiello to be selected in the Blues side for Origin II;

* The NSWRL board confirmed the appointment of independent investigator Michael Meagher despite increasing doubt in regard to allegations of misbehaviour by two players on a Darlinghurst street;

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