NRL investigates Koroisau over alleged Origin bubble breach

The NRL integrity unit is investigating allegations that NSW hooker Apisai Koroisau breached biosecurity protocols by smuggling a woman into the Blues’ bubble during the State of Origin series.

The NSWRL was made aware of the claims on Thursday and immediately alerted the NRL, which will seek to interview Koroisau as part of the probe. The Daily Mail reported the Panthers hooker allegedly snuck a woman into Blues camp the day before the squad shifted to Kingscliff following coronavirus outbreaks in NSW. The publication claims he met the woman on a second occasion, on the day of Origin II, when the team was in a biosecurity bubble to prevent exposure to COVID-19.

Blues hooker Apisai Koroisau could be in hot water.Credit:Getty

After serving as the Blues’ 18th man in the first two matches of the series, Koroisau made his debut in the final game from the interchange bench.

NSWRL chief executive David Trodden said he was “totally unaware” of the claims until contacted on Thursday.

“As soon as we were made aware of the allegations, we immediately referred them to the NRL,” Trodden said.

“The NRL are investigating at the moment. We are providing whatever co-operation is required to the NRL so that they can satisfactorily complete their investigations.”

The Panthers were contacted for comment.

The Origin series has already been rocked by news that Jai Arrow breached biosecurity guidelines by smuggling a woman, described as a “dancer”, into the Maroons’ camp.

Arrow copped a two-match ban, as well as a $35,000 fine, for bringing the woman into the Sheraton Grand Mirage. The QRL board is considering further sanctions against the South Sydney forward, which could include banning him from next year’s interstate series.

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