News

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.

Topics:  ben hunt, maroons, queensland maroons, queensland state of origin, state of origin




Petros K accused of stalking MP Brittany Lauga

Businessman Petros Khalesirad.

Businessman charged with stalking Keppel MP

VIDEO: Paving the way in Quay St

Mayor Margaret Strelow looking at the laying of sandstone pavers on Quay Street.

Sandstone pavers are being laid as a footpath on Quay Street

Verbal abuse recorded on phone before stabbing: court

Generic Rockhampton Court.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin

Verbal abuse recorded before alleged stabbing.

Latest deals and offers

Six decades of love celebrated

ALAN Bradshaw and Yvonne met when Yvonne (Henkel) was 16 years old; her father George Henkel invited Alan to her birthday party in Mount Morgan.


Get Set for Summer!

Win One of Ten Prize Packs
Learn More

Fishermen reel in a Classic catch

Jackson Slack with 2.2kg Coral Trout and 4.1kg Sweetlip at the Tight Lines Fishing Classic on Friday.

Fishermen line up to weigh-in big catch for Coast Guard Yeppoon

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty

Taylor Swift was dismissed from jury duty in a sexual assault case

Zumbo's Willy Wonka hat trick trips up Queensland brickie

Adriano Zumbo and Rachel Khoo with Zumbo's floating dessert in a scene from Zumbo's Just Desserts.

NOOSA'S Michael Basset asked to recreate floating chocolate dish.

John Lennon's killer denied parole for 9th time

John Lennon

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the ninth time.

Mexican band takes aim at Trump

Disguised as unhinged narcotraficantes, the Mexican-American agitators of BRUJERIA captured the mood of the citys minorities with the bands infamous and widely banned 1993 debut, Matando Geros (Killing White People), quickly becoming the Spanish-language counterparts to early grindcore masters TERRORIZER and NAPALM DEATH.  Photo Contributed

'Satanic drug lord' band challenges Trump

Willy Wonka star, Gene Wilder dead at 83

A still of Gene Wilder in the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Social media has already lit up with tributes to the late actor.

Gladstone couple's spontaneous Gympie Muster wedding

Craig Oglesby and Brenda Strong celebrate their wedding at the Gympie Muster with punters in front of the Main Stage.

The Gympie Music Muster was the perfect place for a wedding.

More buildings earmarked for demolition at Bunnings site

Lane and footpath closures will take place

Australia's most expensive balcony and it hasn't been built

Viridian Noosa.

How Noosa millionares' squabble could affect body corporates

Palm Lake Resort set to move in to Coast with 276 villas

Palm Lake Group has been given approval by Sunshine Coast Council to build a 276-villa over 50s resort and 120-bed aged care facility at the intersection of Caloundra Rd and Caloundra Mooloolaba Rd in Little Mountain.

New facility planned for Caloundra Rd

Warning for unit investors with price plummet prediction

The warning signs are flashing for one real estate sector in 2017 despite others performing the best they have in years and it's not going to be pretty.

One real estate sector looks set for a rocky 2017

Red hot property for sale

HOT PROPERTY: The building where Red Rooster sits on Musgrave St is for sale.

Musgrave St property up for sales

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale