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Six Maroons players, including Ben Hunt, banned from Origin

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.
Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium. Bradley Kanaris

ROCKHAMPTON product Ben Hunt is among a group of eight players banned from representing Queensland in the 2016 State of Origin Series. 

QRL Managing Director Robert Moore today confirmed Maroons coach Kevin Walters had completed interviews with players who attended the Emerging Origin camp.

In addition to the sanctions issued to Valentine Holmes and Rockhampton product Cameron Munster on Monday, a further six players will be excluded from representative programs and Origin selection for the next 12 months.

The players are Anthony Milford, Jarrod Wallace, Ben Hunt, Dylan Napa, Edrick Lee and Chris Grevsmuhl.  

Moore explained the process that led to the final outcome.

"Our initial focus was on Valentine Holmes because of the involvement of the NRL Integrity Unit," Moore said.

"As we suspected, there were other players who broke curfew and we have now gone through a process of interviewing players. Due to pre-season commitments, we've only been able to finalise that today.

"To the players' credit, they've come forward and because of the importance we place on our QAS Emerging Origin program, they will receive the same sanction as Cameron Munster."

Moore said in light of the sanction imposed on Valentine Holmes by Cronulla and his ongoing commitment to working with the club's Welfare and Education team, the QRL would apply no further sanction in addition to his 12 month ban.

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