Holmes probed over police incident, two Origin hopefuls banned
By WWOS staff
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Cronulla Sharks star Valentine Holmes was allegedly involved in an incident with police in Brisbane during a night out in the Emerging Origin squad.
Queensland Rugby League (QRL) is investigating the alleged incident with new Maroons coach Kevin Walters sanctioning two of the players over the night out, News Corp reported.
The two unnamed players will be ineligible for Origin selection this year after breaking curfew during the camp.
The Emerging Origin squad camp featuring 20 players was held in Brisbane last weekend.
It was new Queensland coach Kevin Walters’ first chance to assess the Maroons’ depth before the 2016 series.
Dane Gagai was not considered for 2014 Origin selection after he missed a training session while at the Emerging Origin camp two years ago. Betros said the duo who breached the curfew would suffer the same fate.
“The Queensland Rugby League won’t be selecting them for anything for 12 months,” Betros told AAP on Monday. “It’s a massive setback for those players. It’s the only way they will learn.” Betros said it was the worst possible first impression they could have made with new Maroons mentor Walters.
“Kevin is very disappointed in them,” he said. "He is strong on discipline. “He feels those players don’t want to buy into what he is doing with Queensland. They can go back to club land.” Betros said it remained to be seen whether the players could reverse their fortunes the way Gagai did.
Gagai’s 2014 training camp indiscretion allowed Melbourne’s Will Chambers to leapfrog him on the Queensland backline pecking order. However, Gagai finally made his Origin debut on the wing in game three in 2015 after showing good form and an even better attitude at NRL club Newcastle.