Origin camp probe over: QRL boss

Despite a report claiming up to 10 Emerging Origin players defied new coach Kevin Walters, Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros considers their probe into a curfew controversy closed.

Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster copped 12-month bans from the QRL for breaking curfew at the weekend Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane.

Holmes was dumped from Cronulla’s Auckland Nines squad when it emerged he was also fined for public nuisance and obstructing police on Sunday morning.

The incident is being investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit.

It was initially reported another four players also broke curfew and were being quizzed by the QRL.

But a News Corp report claimed a total of 10 ignored Walters’ orders and left the camp without permission on Saturday night to party in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley nightclub precinct.

However, Betros said the QRL curfew investigation was over.

“We have no knowledge of any other players breaking curfew,” he told AAP.

“We have done all we can do.

“We are not happy about it but we have done it and are getting on with life.

“Saying 10 players broke curfew, I have no idea where that information could have come from.

“All the players have been spoken to so we have no knowledge of any others.”

Betros said they would not impose an alcohol ban on future Emerging Origin camps despite the weekend controversy.

“Booze bans don’t work,” he said.

“You would expect a player to behave at a certain standard, that’s all we ask.

“If they are not prepared to do that then they are out of our system.”

Betros backed Wayne Bennett’s impassioned plea on Wednesday for players to take more responsibility on the drink rather than outlaw alcohol in the wake of a nightmare week for the NRL.

Holmes and Munster were banned by the QRL just days after Mitchell Pearce apologised for his Australia Day bender.

“When they do get on it there’s this mindset that it has to be all the way or no way – binge drinking,” Bennett told reporters on Wednesday.

“That’s when they do the stupid things.

“Our challenge is to try and teach them to drink in moderation, not for them not to have a drink.”

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