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[ edit] 2001 

  • Shane Webcke tested positive for probenecid, which was kept from the media until he retired in 2006. [22]  
  • Craig Field and Kevin McGuinness from the Wests Tigers are suspended for 6 months after testing positive to cocaine and ecstasy respectively.  

[ edit] 2002 

  • Willie Mason tested positive to amphetamines and was fined $25,000 by the Canterbury Bulldogs. [23]  
  • Matthew Johns, Brett Firman and other unnamed members of the Cronulla Sharks engaged in group sex for two hours with a 19-year-old woman, while on tour of New Zealand. Up to 12 Sharks were in the room. The incident was investigated by police at the time of the incident and no charges were laid. Johns claimed the act was consensual but was stood down indefinitely from his on-air commitments with the Nine Network and his coaching role with NRL club Melbourne Storm in 2009. [24]  

[ edit] 2003 

  • Three Bulldogs players (unnamed) were involved in a sex incident with a 24-year-old woman at the Plantation Hotel in Coffs Harbour, on 3 March, 2003. The woman claimed that one player raped her in a hotel room, while another player hid behind the curtain and masturbated during the ordeal. A third player set up the incident. [25] After a lengthy police investigation no-one was charged.  

[ edit] 2004 

  • Julian O'Neill attempted to set fire to a foam costume worn by a boy during a river cruise. [26]  
  • Anthony Minichiello, Mark Gasnier and an unknown third player sent a sexually harassing phone message to a woman's answering machine, which implied lewd acts such as group sex. They were dropped from the first State of Origin game and fined $50,000. [27]  
  • Willie Mason, Trent Waterhouse, Craig Wing, Craig Gower and Mark O'Meley were fined for unprofessional behaviour and for leaving the team hotel after the side had returned from the night out. [27]  
  • (Players unknown) were questioned the alleged rape of a 23 year old woman by six members of the Canterbury Bulldogs in Coffs Harbour on 22 February, however no criminal charges were laid after police investigation found insufficient evidence in the case [28]. Half a million dollars in fines were subjected to the club by the NRL [29] 
  • Five Bulldogs players were seen groping women on the dance floor of the Plantation Hotel, and were then involved in a fight before being ejected. [30]  

[ edit] 2005 

  • Dane Tilse and (other players unknown) assaulted a 19 year old woman in Bathurst, New South Wales. 12 players were fined $50,000 each. [36]  
  • Brad Morrin, while drunk, opened the door of a passing car and tried to hitch a lift, alarming the driver. Morrin was detained in a police cell for four hours, which is standard police practice for anyone found intoxicated in a public place. [37]  
  • Corey Hughes was involved in a brawl at the Kembla Grange Racecourse. He was charged with numerous offences. [38]  
  • Michael Crocker was involved in an alcohol-fueled disturbance outside a Sydney hotel. He pleaded guilty to affray and was fined $10,000 by his club. [39] [40]  
  • Sonny Bill Williams was convicted of drink driving with a blood alcohol level of .075, and had his driver's licence suspended for five months. He was fined $10,000 by his club [41] [42]  
  • Craig Gower was fired as Panthers captain after a string of alcohol-fuelled incidents at a charity golf event in December. [43] It was alleged that he argued with several guests, groped the teenage daughter of league legend Wayne Pearce, chased Pearce's son with a bottle before vomiting on him, streaked around the resort, totalled a golf cart, held a butter knife to the throat of a Sydney radio personality, threw the knife at resort guests and fought with security before being kicked out of the official function and detained by police. [44] Gower was handed a "final warning" by the National Rugby League and fined $100,000, with $90,000 to be paid to an NRL programme encouraging the responsible use of alcohol by league players and $10,000 to be paid to the host club replace the destroyed golf cart. [45]  


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